Clemmie Hooper’s perfect public image has been shattered. The Brit, known on Instagram as Mother Of Daughters, was last week exposed as a troll going by the name of AliceInWanderlust, who even attacked her own husband Simon online.
But the frenzy that followed this shock revelation claimed someone else as a victim: Kelechi Okafor.
Okafor, a writer and actor, called out Hooper for racist comments she’d made as AliceInWanderlust. Almost immediately, she found her Instagram account deleted.
Okafor posted on Twitter that Hooper had been “writing crap about Black female mummy bloggers because she felt threatened by their growing success”.
So Clemmie Hooper is the one who has been using fake accounts to write crap about Black female mummy bloggers because she felt threatened by their growing success. https://t.co/cdGcbWWaMp
— machine gun Kele (@kelechnekoff) November 9, 2019
“She wrote the most vile things about Candice Brathwaite under the pseudonym ‘AliceInWanderlust’,” Okafor added. “Proper racist crap. She brought my name into it at one point after I announced my pregnancy. Devilish.”
Brathwaite is an influencer and the founder of online initiative Make Motherhood Diverse. Hooper, who is a part-time midwife, had invited Brathwaite onto her podcast to talk about the horrifying statistic that black women in the UK are five times more likely to die during or soon after childbirth than white women. But Hooper had then attacked Brathwaite under the name AliceInWanderlust on the Tattle Life forum.
“Candice is often really aggressive and always brings it back to race, privilege and class because she knows no one will argue with that,” she wrote. “It feels like a weapon to silence people’s opinions.”
Once Okafor found out that Hooper was AliceInWanderlust, she realised that the person who’d made these comments was a midwife at the hospital where she’d given birth.
“Clemmie Hooper needs to have her pin taken away from her by the midwifery council,” Okafor posted. “I don’t feel safe knowing she’s a midwife.”