Katie Hopkins was tricked into picking up a fake “C**T” award by a YouTube prankster.
After the controversial columnist’s Twitter was suspended, social media star Josh Pieters took to the platform to reveal the prank he’d pulled off.
Behind them on a projector at the words “Campaign to Unify the Nation Trophy”, with capital letters spelling out a certain swear word dramatically blown up.
He wrote: “Now that Katie Hopkins can’t read Twitter, I can tell you that on Monday I made her fly to Prague to pick up a completely fake award. Video up shortly.”
Josh also posted a video which shows him presenting Katie with the trophy and her beaming as she proudly accepts it.
In the video, Josh shared a string of the controversial tweets Katie has posted over the years, as well as clips of Katie airing her opinions.
He explains that the prank began three months ago when he set up fake campaign group The Cape Town Collective For Freedom of Speech.
Josh says he emailed Katie and invited her to Prague to accept their made-up lifetime achievement award, dubbed the Campaign to Unify the Nation Trophy.
He says Katie was “delighted” to pick up the award.
Josh and his mate Archie Manners also hired actors to join them at the fake ceremony, that they filmed with hidden cameras.
In the video, Katie claps and cheers as Josh, giving a speech, congratulates her for “melting the ice caps” of the “snowflakes” in the UK.
Josh talks about the hatred Katie receives online, and calls her an “inspiration”.
As Katie gets up to collect her award, the screen behind her is changed to reveal the C-word.
Giving a speech, Katie says she’s had the “most fun” that she’s had in a long time.
She adds: “I am not used to receiving awards, it is strange, and it’s strange to hear nice things being said about yourself.
“You sit there and you think, ‘Wait a minute, are they saying that about me?’ Whereas normally it is an incoming deluge of fireballs coming my way so it’s kind of an odd thing for that to be tipped on its head, but I really do appreciate it.”
She then takes fire at a number of groups of people with a string of controversial comments.
Earlier today, Katie’s Twitter account was suspended.
Now only one tweet remains visible on her account which she had often used to voice her controversial opinions.
Katie had retweeted a post that read: “If Katie Hopkins’ latest tweets on Stormzy don’t constitute incitement to racial hatred I really don’t know what does. She is a criminal. @Twitter needs to act…”
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