The consistently caustic television personality questionably believes that those who put themselves in the public eye “need to accept the reaction you get”.
Richard Madeley said he would prosecute trolls, who used Twitter to tell his daughter that “Judy’s given me her blessing to rape you” – a reference to controversial comments Judy Finnigan made concerning now-freed rapist Ched Evans, in which she said the footballer should be allowed to return to his job, claiming that the rape was “not violent”. She later apologised for the remarks.
Madeley consequently tweeted that “prosecution awaits” “every single troll threat”.
Thanks to everyone who tweeted support for Judy's intelligent, clear analysis 2day.Trolls who sent sick rape threats?Prosecution awaits you.; Richard Madeley (@richardm56) October 14, 2014
Yup. I have noted every sick troll threat. Do they really think it's OK to wish/threaten rape on a woman? They're in deep trouble, trust me.; Richard Madeley (@richardm56) October 14, 2014
Chloe Madeley told the Daily Mail that the comments were "insulting, threatening, violent" and a "shocking violation".
Unsurprisingly, Hopkins had little sympathy for the Madeleys.
“He should know his ‘I’m telling the cops’ line only really works when you’ve been burgled or you have been mugged for your iPhone 6,” she said, comparing calling the police about a Twitter incident to dialling 999 in a playground “when someone calls you speccy four-eyes”.
“Sure, it isn’t very kind but it is just kids being idiots,” she wrote in a column for The Sun.
Hopkins added that those making such threats were harmless and that as a celebrity one must tolerate offensive comments.
“The thing about putting yourself on telly is you need to accept the reaction you get,” she commented, arguing that “the fact people are interested in what you are about to say and are prepared to join in the conversation is your asset.”
“You capitalise on it every time you stick your face on a screen.”
Katie Hopkins' most offensive moments
Katie Hopkins' most offensive moments
1/16 Katie Hopkins on 'plus size'
'To call yourself 'plus-size' is just a euphemism for being fat. Life is much easier when you're thinner. Big is not beautiful, of course a job comes down to how you look.'
2/16 Katie Hopkins on naming children
‘I think you can tell a great deal from a name. For me, there are certain names that I hear and I think ‘Urgh’. For me, a name is a shortcut of finding out what class that child comes from and makes me ask, ‘Do I want my children to play with them?’ There’s a whole set of things that go with children like that and that’s why I don’t like those sorts of children. ‘Hi, this is my daughter Charmaine’. I hear: ‘Hi, I am thick and ignorant.’’
3/16 Katie Hopkins on gender equality
'Women don't want equal treatment, they couldn't handle it if they got it. It's a tough world out there. What a lot of women are actually looking for is special treatment. What women need to realise is that they have to toughen up.'
4/16 Katie Hopkins on immigration
'I've always said if you go into a school playground and shout Mohammad, you'll probably get 100 children running towards you!"
5/16 Katie Hopkins to Benefits Street's White Dee
'Do you not feel like the patron saint of druggies and dropouts?'
6/16 Katie Hopkins on tattoos
'Are tattoos just a badge for the stupid? For me, and for lots of people like me, when you see tatoos you think of someone who is just looking for attention, who hasn't managed to find a way in their life through conventional means and who is just shouting 'I want attention! I want to be looked at!'
7/16 Katie Hopkins on addiction
‘I don’t believe what Russell Brand says about addiction. I just don’t buy it. Gazza likes drinking, let him crack on. He is enjoying himself.’
8/16 Katie Hopkins on The X Factor
'The X Factor 2013 has ended in a painful showdown between a fat mum in a jumpsuit (Sam Bailey) and a small boy in whatever his mum laid out for him on his bed (Nicholas McDonald)'
9/16 Katie Hopkins on the Egyptian uprising
'The difference between most mothers and me is that I didn’t sit around drinking coffee at baby group for 12 months after the birth of my baby. No, in three weeks I was back in my suit, back at my desk earning profit for my business and I don’t see why other women shouldn’t do the same.'
10/16 Katie Hopkins on maternity leave
'Egyptian uprising continues to look like Bonfire Night. Protest fireworks. Right up there with angry cup cakes.'
11/16 Katie Hopkins on 'gingerism'
'Ginger babies. Like a baby. Just so much harder to love. A ginger person with tattoos called Jayden? The triumvirate of horror!'
12/16 Katie Hopkins on affairs
'I lied to get someone else's husband because I wanted him. I give myself 8 out of 10 for ruthlessness for that one.'
13/16 Katie Hopkins on the elderly
‘Personally I hate mobility scooters. I find their owners intolerable. Ran past a mobility scooter going up hill. Made me giggle. I need to grow up and stop being an arse.’
14/16 Katie Hopkins after the Glasgow helicopter crash
'Life expectancy in Scotland is 59.5. Goodness me. That lot will do anything to avoid working until retirement.'
15/16 Katie Hopkins on Ramadan
'Channel 4 broadcasts Islamic calls to prayer for Ramadan. A 30 day reminder that minority rules in the UK. Any more PC, it'd be a bloody laptop.'
16/16 Katie Hopkins on self-harming
'I am advised by the Twitterati to 'cut myself'. I grazed myself on my house gate yesterday. Will that suffice?'
She advised anyone concerned by threats to simply remove themselves from Twitter.
“I suspect [Richard Madeley] has rather enjoyed the recent press attention,” she wrote, commenting that his daughter would not be appearing on Dancing On Ice were it not for her famous parents. Hopkins finishes by writing that the famous should be “grateful to the people who take the time to listen, share an opinion and express how they feel”, even if it is a “little blunt”
“If you want polite, go to a tea party dressed in a frock,” she said.
“Don’t do a Richard and expect the boys in blue to come running because you don’t like what’s been said.”