Watching Katie Hopkins’ interview on This Morning about judging a child by their name brought out several reactions within me.
The first was anger.
How can anyone judge a child based on their name? Does socio-demographics such as area of housing really affect how hard a child tries to at school? Is a child of “non-intellectual” parents unworthy of playing in the playground with other children? And how do we define intelligence anyway? Is there no intelligence in realising we know very little but have the capability to remain open-minded allowing us to continually evolve and develop. Katie Hopkins judgements on other children stunts so many avenues of opportunity of which could be created by allowing children to interact.
The second emotion was laughter.
This woman’s arguments seemed incoherent. Her point regarding not liking children named after places was called out by Phillip Schofield when he highlighted her daughter’s name was India. It was quite funny.
And the final emotion was one of admiration for Holly Willoughby’s integrity. Her reaction and counter-arguments made more than just TV. It’s the trait that drives meaningful journalism.
This situation has led me to wonder precisely why snobbery exists and progresses. Snobbery essentially is a superiority complex. It’s the “I’m better than you”. I believe conflict and superiority complexes derive from the own individual’s insecurity. Would a secure, content, happy person feel the need to have superiority complex over another? I doubt it. It seems like an odd argument to make when people we may perceive as snobbish often appear extremely confident. Katie Hopkins expressions changed as her children were mentioned – the natural humanity and love for her children was noticeable.
Snobbery which leads to exclusion of others is for obvious reasons faced with much condemnation but also mockery. I presume this only makes people more insecure thus driving their views to be even more “radical” if you will. Perhaps this is why Hopkins arguments were as Schofield described “hollow”.
I guess what I’m trying to say is perhaps (as hard as it may be sometimes) mockery isn’t the answer. It will only drive that person’s insecurities resulting in more absurd views which can in-turn harm others- I’m sure a few “Tylers” watching would have felt hurt by her words.
I hope one day Katie Hopkins is met by a realisation of the capability of humans and humanity regardless of name/background and finds a way to transfer the unnecessary hurtful energy that was visible in the interview into something more positive.