YouTuber Josh Pieters tricks Katie Hopkins into accepting fake award
31 January 2020, 17:17
Katie Hopkins' Twitter account was recently suspended for spewing hate.
Josh Pieters is known for his elaborate YouTube pranks – and he might have just pulled off his best on yet. The YouTuber actually managed to fly former Apprentice contestant and professional Twitter troll Katie Hopkins out to Prague, where she collected a fake award.
In case you didn't know, earlier this week, Katie had her Twitter account suspended for violating the platform's anti-hate policy. So, whilst Katie was off of Twitter, it was the perfect time for Josh to drop his YouTube prank.
In the video, Josh set up a completely fake award ceremony for his phoney company, The Cape Town Collective for the Freedom of Speech. The ceremony was held in the dining room at the Four Seasons hotel in Prague, Czech Republic, and Josh even hired actors to fill the room, so it all looked pretty official. Katie flew to Prague from the UK, where she gladly accepted the award for her "excellent work".
Watch the video here.
Josh gave a speech and then presented the Katie with the award where the word "CUNT" – an abbreviation of the Campaign to Unify the Nation Trophy – was appropriately displayed on a screen behind them.
Not knowing that the whole thing was an elaborate stunt, Katie spouted her racist views in her acceptance speech. "This is by far the most fun I’ve had in a very long time, I am not used to receiving awards, it is strange, and it’s strange to hear nice things said about yourself. It is normally an incoming deluge of fireballs coming this way."
She added: "Epileptics are all weirdos, they’re up there with the Asians, East London is fairly shitty at the best of times, 82 per cent are Muslim, what can I say?" Katie also made fun of environmental activist Greta Thunberg and called her an "autistic wench".
Finally, Katie was being seen for who she really is and the internet truly loved to see it.
Genuinely felt bad for Katie Hopkins as I was watching the video, I felt a bit cruel. Then she made her speech. What a fool I was. No one deserved that C.U.N.T award more than her. This is ingenious. Give this man a knighthood. 🙌🏽 #KatieHopkins— Nora Calder (@_WoManUnited_) January 30, 2020
The prank on Katie Hopkins is totally incredible.— FK ☕️🐍 (@fkhanage) January 30, 2020
So a YouTuber Joshua pieters pranked Katie Hopkins by making her fly to Prague to collect a fake Award, with the acronym 💀— sunny🖤 (@c_ewenike) January 31, 2020
Man arranged audio actors and all There's levels to this prank shit and guess dude just won it he deserves an award 😂😂 pic.twitter.com/6e3jiGRCZO
Cannot believe she fell for this prank by Josh Pieters. Exposed for the horror that she is. Racist, islamaphohic, homophobic, slagging off children with autism. This is hate speech. Hopefully the end of Katie Hopkins being given a platform on @Twitter for good. https://t.co/zIbFdXdyps— Lauren (@LFife07) January 31, 2020
That Katie Hopkins prank is top 10. They made her look like a cunt and managed to catch her exposing herself for the racist she is— . (@ashleylyken) January 31, 2020
However, others thought it was just a complete waste of money.
White liberals think flying Katie H*pkins out, all expenses paid for, and providing a platform for her white supremacist talking points to gain even more traction is ~resistance~— jade bentil (@divanificent) January 31, 2020
Well this was the most anti-climactic thing I’ve ever seen!— Aleesha (@a_leesha1) January 31, 2020
You flew Katie Hopkins out to a beautiful city, gave her a free meal in a 5* hotel, and got drunk with her whilst hyping up her speech and u think *that’s* humiliation bc you wrote “c*nt” behind her for two seconds? https://t.co/lHCQOd7NGn
That Katie Hopkins prank is peak white nonsense. You fed her 5 star food, paid for her travel and hotel. Paid actors and all sorts. All you did was put C.U.N.T on a screen behind her? You spent months planning and money on basically meeting her. Weird.— Laura Brosnan (@hyperfrank) January 30, 2020
The effort and cost put into that Katie Hopkins prank really devalues the own in my opinion. Flying them across Europe, putting them in a hotel and letting them spout their shit for the cameras without challenge (pisstake or otherwise) is hardly a Brass Eye, or even an Ali G.— Wolfgang La Rouge (@TreborRhurbarb) January 31, 2020
Katie hasn't responded to the video yet, she obviously doesn't appreciate the work that went into the stunt. Sad.
Josh and Archie Manners – who produced the video – had to use "a large investment of money" and have consultations with lawyers to pull off the YouTube prank.
Speaking to Metro, Josh said: "A huge amount of hard work goes into it. [Archie and I] both worked extremely, extremely hard on it. Like it didn’t just happen, there were flights, a dinner, hotels, Katie Hopkins, 10 actors, people on her flight, our flight, then camera people. So many little details that we have to get right to make sure this works, and the writing of the speech, the way it came across and just so many things."