Controversial British television personality Katie Hopkins has accused Australian authorities of locking people up after being evicted for her antics in hotel isolation.
Hopkins, who is back in the UK after being deported on Tuesday, criticized Australian authorities on Instagram, trying to spark a ‘free Australia’ viral trend.
‘I won’t give in. I will not flinch. I won’t apologize. Australians should be released. #FreeAustralia,” the well-known anti-lockdown campaigner posted in her latest of several related Instagram posts.
Controversial British television personality Katie Hopkins claims Australians are imprisoned and should be released after being deported over her bizarre antics and claims during the Sydney hotel quarantine. She is pictured at Heathrow Airport after returning home
Deported British television star Katie Hopkins criticized Australian authorities in a series of social media posts, dramatically alleging that Australian residents were locked up
The hashtag #FreeAustralia has been used in 737 Instagram posts, many of which were anti-vaccine or Covid skeptical posts.
Deported: Controversial British commentator, 46, boarded a Singapore Airlines flight from Sydney at 3pm on Monday
She also posted a claim that South Australians had been “crucified” in five cases.
Hopkins, who previously called Covid lockdowns ‘the greatest hoax in human history’, has blamed Australian lockdowns since he was kicked out of Australia.
She was expelled from the country after publicly claiming she taunted hotel security by opening the door naked while not wearing a mask during her mandatory 14-day quarantine in Sydney.
“The police officer who checked me in told me that when they knock on my door, I have to wait 30 seconds until I can open the door,” she said in an Instagram Live video, breaking out hysterically.
Hopkins said she was ‘lurking’ to ‘spring’ [the door] open and scare them and do it naked without a face mask.’
Hopkins was here to participate in Channel 7’s Big Brother VIP, but her comments sparked a huge backlash.
Hopkins was wearing sunglasses when she walked into the international terminal on Monday afternoon
Controversial: Hopkins didn’t wear her mask properly as she went through security at Sydney Airport
Bitter: Far-right provocateur Katie Hopkins has tried to claim her humiliating deportation from Australia as a victory, telling her supporters on Instagram that she will never be silenced after being sent back to the UK for making a joke about violating laws the hotel quarantine in Sydney
She has posted clipped social media posts from supporters and news headlines that she agrees with her 269,000 Instagram followers.
How Katie Hopkins became famous on BBC’s The Apprentice to become a media personality
Katie Hopkins is a well-known media personality and commentator in Britain who rose to fame on The Apprentice in 2007 and quickly became an outspoken household name, writing in several newspapers.
The 46-year-old mother of two finished runner-up in the 15th series of British Celebrity Big Brother in 2015, becoming popular with some for her no-nonsense attitude, and loathed by others for her controversial comments.
Known for her controversial views on race, sex, class, obesity and migration, Hopkins has criticized the Black Lives Matter movement and Covid-19 lockdowns in recent months.
She once ran a popular radio show on LBC, but resigned after writing on Twitter that a “final solution” was needed to deal with terrorists. Many thought this was a reference to the Holocaust.
Hopkins also lost a libel case against food blogger Jack Monroe, in which she was seen paying £24,000 in damages after suggesting they were helping to damage a war memorial during a protest in London.
Donald Trump once described her on Twitter as a “respected columnist” in 2015 after supporting the former US president’s claims that parts of London had become so radicalized that people were afraid to visit.
Hopkins was permanently banned from Twitter in June 2020.
Among the more than 7,000 followers who liked her #FreeAustralia post was the Organic Store in Bowral, whose owners were arrested after refusing to serve customers wearing masks and arguing with police on July 1.
In 2020, Hopkins was permanently banned from Twitter for violating the platform’s “hateful conduct” policy.
Hopkins tried to claim her humiliating deportation as a victory and also told her supporters she will never be silenced.
The controversial British social commentator boarded a Singapore Airlines flight from Sydney at 3pm on Monday after her ‘critical skills’ visa was torn up by the federal government and she was fined $1,000 (£536) for opening the door of her quarantined room naked and without a face mask in violation of the quarantine rules.
Home Secretary Karen Andrews said Monday morning: “I had never heard of her and I never want to hear about her again.
“I just thought it was embarrassing, the fact that she was bragging there about violating the quarantine was just appalling,” she told ABC.
“It was a slap in the face to all those Australians who are currently in lockdown and it’s just unacceptable behaviour.”
About 12 million Australians in Victoria and Greater Sydney are in lockdown due to an outbreak of the highly contagious Delta strain that began on June 16.
Under one of the strictest Covid border policies in the world, Australia has banned tourists and only allows 3,035 people per week to enter the country through 14-day hotel quarantine, leaving 40,000 Aussies stranded abroad.
But foreigners with critical skills visas are not always covered by the limit as they are supposed to bring ‘economic advantage’ to the country.
“There are very well established processes and procedures for people to enter this country and many decisions are made based on economic benefit,” said Ms Andrews.
Critical Skills visas are for sectors ‘critical to Australia’s economic recovery’, including financial technology, large-scale manufacturing, film, media and television production, and emerging technology.
The minister said her department has approved Hopkins’ visa at the request of the New South Wales government.
“It was the state government that came to us with an application to bring in this person to effectively increase economic opportunities in that particular state,” she said.
Facing criticism that celebrities are given priority over Australians who want to return, Ms Andrews said the federal government wants to raise the arrival limit, which was halved last month at the request of the state governments of Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia.
Leaving Australia: Hopkins carried her own luggage to the airport after being dropped off by quarantine staff
Katie Hopkins pictured during one of her routines in a video on Instagram
Ms Andrews praised the Australian Border Force for the swift withdrawal of Hopkins’ visa over the weekend.
“As soon as we learned of her behavior and the fact that she was openly showing off our quarantine system here, we took quite strong action as quickly as we could to get that visa canceled and get her to leave the country,” she said. .
Hopkins rose to fame after starring in The Apprentice in the UK in 2007 and is known for her controversial views on race, sex, class, obesity and migration.
Channel Seven has confirmed that she was booted by Celebrity Big Brother.
A spokesperson told Daily Mail Australia on Sunday: ‘Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia confirm that Katie Hopkins is not part of Big Brother VIP.
“Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine.”