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Gavin and Stacey fan pranks Katie Hopkins over Welsh language education attack

12 Sep 2018 2 minute read
Gavin and Stacey. Picture by the BBC

A Welsh football fan decided to prank Katie Hopkins after she sought out negative stories about Welsh language education online.

The owner of the Twitter account ‘Welsh Fan Zone TV’ sent the former Daily Mail columnist a fake story saying his son ‘Smithy’ and friend ‘Gavin’ were being bullied at school for speaking English.

The names of all the characters in the email, including the parents ‘Pam’ and ‘Mick’ and the teacher ‘Miss Jenkins’ come from the TV show Gavin and Stacey.

Katie Hopkins fell for the prank, emailing him back and reassuring him that his story would “help other parents. You are not alone”.

She also asked if she could use his story – with the names made anonymous – and queried whether he could move his children to an English language school.

The owner of the account, who did not want to be identified, told Nation.Cymru that he decided to send the email because Katie Hopkins “really winds me up”.

“When I saw her all over my Twitter feed going at the Welsh language I decided to try and respond to her,” he said.

“But because I don’t really like being malicious (even to people like her) I somehow came up with the Gavin and Stacey thing in my head,”

On receiving Katie Hopkins’ reply, he emailed her back to reveal the ruse.

“I can guarantee you that no child is left out because they can’t speak Welsh,” he wrote. “I hope this can be a lesson to you not to believe everything you read on the internet.

“Your opinion on our country and our beautiful language is irrelevant and certainly not welcome. Also, if you are going to try and lecture other countries on their language at least learn to spell your own first.”

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