Australia has given conservative British commentator Katie Hopkins the boot for posting a now-deleted Instagram video where she joked about answering her hotel door naked and maskless while quarantining and preparing for a “Big Brother VIP” TV appearance.
BizPacReview The excuse given for revoking Hopkins’ visa is that she breached Australia’s quarantine rules. That’s a stretch given that she only kidded about doing so on a video posted to her Instagram account. It appears as though the country’s leaders were looking for an excuse to deport her. “Big Brother VIP” also sacked her.
Australia’s minister for home affairs, Karen Andrews, stated on Monday that the government had reviewed Hopkins’s visa and subsequently decided to deport her. She told the Australian press that visa holders should abide by health officials’ guidelines. She did not clarify if that includes joking about them.
“We won’t tolerate those who don’t,” Andrews proclaimed. “We will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can arrange that.” She said Hopkins’ behavior was “shameful” and described it as “a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown.”