Uh oh! Katie Hopkins has her claws out for vlogger Zoella following revelations she used a ghostwriter for her debut novel Girl Online...
In today’s least shocking news, Katie Hopkins has been venting again on Twitter.
Her latest target? None other than Zoella, aka YouTube star Zoe Sugg, who’s currently facing criticism after it emerged that she didn’t write her debut novel, Girl Online, unaided.
Katie Hopkins isn’t the only one to be disgruntled with the news that Zoe‘s book isn’t all her own work, and she chipped in in her own inimitable style.
Last night, Zoe announced on Twitter that she’d be ‘taking a few days out and off the Internet,’ to which Katie responded:
‘So Zoella, this whole Girl On-Line thing. Now you’ve quit the internet – do you think your ghost writer should re-work the title?‘
Katie swiftly followed it up with another dig, into which she shoehorned a Gemma Collins mention, making for a two-in-one insult:
‘Zoella has quit the Internet in the same way that Quitter Collins gave up reality TV. Just for the drama. Only for about a day.‘
Predictably, it didn’t long for Zoe‘s fans to start berating Katie. In CAPS LOCK, which suggests they really mean business:
‘EXCUSE ME BUT YOU NEED TO QUIT AT LIFE IDK HOW YOUR EVEN FAMOUS ARROGANT COW‘ wrote one user, while another retorted with, ‘I WANNA SLAP YOU ROUND THE FACE WITH ZOES BOOK! UR A DUMB GIRL WHO PROBABLY JUST WANTS ATTENTION. GO DIE IN A BUSH.‘
Undeterred, Katie then went on to mock Zoe‘s vlogs, with Tweets such as: ‘Guyzz I’ve got to go & do something important now like vlog about Oreos. The Internet is clouding my brain *trots off to see ghost writer*‘ and ‘Next up: Katiella does a vlog on how to turn off your caps locks. Are we sitting comfortably kidz? Then I will begin.’
Fans of Zoe were quick to jump to her defence, and even suggested that Penguin‘s statement, in which the publisher admitted ‘Zoe Sugg did not write the book Girl Online on her own’, was a conspiracy, with one user writing: ‘You do realise that was a lie to sell newspapers?‘
Zoe‘s break from the Internet ended up lasting all of seven hours, as she then returned to the web to slam false reports that she was quitting YouTube for good.
‘The stuff press write about it literally ridiculous! I AM NOT QUITTING YOUTUBE. Yet again, twisting stuff to gain views. Sad‘ she wrote last night, and hasn’t Tweeted since.
Ghostwriter-gate may still be raging, but somehow, we don’t think Katiella the vlogger is going to catch on…
Thea de Gallier