The long-anticipated comedy gig hosted by divisive media personality Katie Hopkins saw her pull no punches in her criticism of various people, including protesters and this very newspaper.

The former Apprentice star, who has courted controversy for her far-right views, had seen several of her shows on her 'Infectious' tour cancelled amid criticism of the bookings.

But Katie Hopkins showed no concern for the small group of protestors who had gathered outside the MECA for her Swindon performance to a sell-out crowd of 700.

Swindon Advertiser: The protestors gathered outside of the MECA on Wednesday night.The protestors gathered outside of the MECA on Wednesday night. (Image: Newsquest)

The former businesswoman, 48, opened by mocking the protesters, while rubbing her crotch and rolling on the floor in an eccentric performance which would see her take a swipe at Covid vaccinations, people with cerebral palsy, lesbians as well as mocking Great British Bake Off's new presenter Alison Hammond about her weight.

“Give yourselves a massive round of applause for making it through the terrifying protesters,” she told the audience.

“Oh my god, how many were there? About five of them? Were you not afraid? Does anyone know why they’re there? Do they know why they’re there?

“At least 4,000 police officers from Swindon were there so thank you to those good, brave men.”

Swindon Advertiser: Katie Hopkins took to the stage at Swindon's MECA in front of a sell-out crowd.Katie Hopkins took to the stage at Swindon's MECA in front of a sell-out crowd. (Image: Newsquest)

The right-wing speaker, a member of UKIP, also gave the Adver a mention after the newspaper had covered the protest and the controversies leading up to the event.

“We can fully rely on the oracle of truth that is the Swindon Advertiser,” said Hopkins.

“Nobody turned up, it was a hate rally and the racist old cow sat alone in misery, the oracle of truth has spoken."

Among pressure to cancel the upcoming gig, MECA upheld their decision, saying it was not "willing to play into the harmful cancel culture of recent years".

The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant thanked the venue as she wrapped up her performance.

“All of the staff working tonight, I so appreciate you,” she said.


Swindon Advertiser: Swindon's MECA hosted the show on Wednesday evening.Swindon's MECA hosted the show on Wednesday evening. (Image: Newsquest)

“Thank you to this amazing venue for holding firm in the face of the eight perverts outside.

“The protestors outside have left because it’s raining, I walked by you earlier you little t*** and I saw you had a tiny c***.”

It is not the first time the mother-of-three's views have caused problems for her.She lost £131,000 in a libel case made by celebrity cookery writer Jack Monroe, was detained in South Africa for 'spreading racial hatred' and found herself deported from Australia when her visa was revoked.