British Commentator Deported from Australia Over Instagram Post About Quarantine

British Commentator Deported from Australia Over Instagram
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British commentator Katie Hopkins was deported from Australia on Monday after she posted about Instagram about a plan to breach quarantine rules, the Associated Press reported.

The video Hopkins shared to the social media platform has since been deleted but depicted the British citizen in her hotel room as she said she was going to frighten staff who brought meals to her door by confronting them naked and without a mask. Australia’s rules state that people in quarantine are not allowed to open their door until 30 seconds after their meals have been delivered. They are also required to wear a mask while their door is open.

“The fact that she was out there boasting about breaching quarantine was just appalling,” Home Affairs Minister Karen Andrews said. “It was a slap in the face for all those Australians who are currently in lockdown and it’s just unacceptable behavior.”

For more reporting from the Associated Press, see below.

PASADENA, CA – JULY 29: Katie Hopkins at ‘Sex, Presidents & Handmaids Hosted by Lady Freak’ panel during Politicon at Pasadena Convention Center on July 29, 2017 in Pasadena, California. Hopkins was deported from Australia on Monday for posting a video on Instagram saying she was going to break quarantine rules by answering her hotel room door naked and without a mask.
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Hopkins traveled to Australia to appear in a reality television program and was in a 14-day mandatory hotel quarantine in Sydney before filming was to start.

Her flight to Australia last week created outrage after the government halved the number of Australian citizens and permanent residents allowed to return home each week to 3,000 to try to reduce the risk of COVID-19 leaking from hotel quarantine. More than 34,000 Australians who want to come home remain stranded overseas.

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Australia’s two largest cities, Sydney and Melbourne, are under lockdown to contain a coronavirus outbreak caused by the more contagious delta variant.

Andrews said Hopkins would be deported after boasting on Instagram her intention to flout quarantine rules.

“It’s appalling that this individual behaved the way that she did and she will be leaving,” Andrews said.

“We will be getting her out of the country as soon as we can arrange that,” Andrews added.

Hopkins left on a commercial flight from Sydney’s airport early Monday afternoon, a government official said on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to make the information public.

Hopkins, who has also gained notoriety for her anti-Muslim and anti-immigration comments, described pandemic lockdowns as the “greatest hoax in human history.”

Her social media following was expanded by then-President Donald Trump who often retweeted her before Twitter permanently banned her in June last year for breaching the platform’s hateful conduct policy.

Seven Network and Endemol Shine Australia, the production company behind the program “Big Brother VIP” in which Hopkins was to appear, said on Sunday her contract was canceled.

“Seven and Endemol Shine strongly condemn her irresponsible and reckless comments in hotel quarantine,” the companies said in a joint statement.

Hopkins Deported from Australia
FILE – In this July 5, 2007, file photo, Katie Hopkins arrives at the film premiere of “Hairspray” in London. Australian officials said Monday, July 19, 2021, the far-right British commentator will be deported after she boasted on social media that she planned to breach quarantine rules.
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