Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is a famous supporter of the British Labour Party. Rowling mainly uses her massive Twitter presence to gift her 4.6 million followers with Tweets engaging with fans, alerting them of Pottermore ongoings, and posting uplifting messages, this past weekend she instead felt the need to take a different approach...
In light of the recent general elections in the U.K., Rowling was barraged with an outpouring of unsavory Tweets, largely from Scottish National Party members, regarding her political position. According to The Guardian, some commenters even went so far as to call her a "traitor to Scotland."
I'm a firm believer that everyone is entitled to their own opinion, but viciously and incessantly attacking a public figure on the Internet for her personal political beliefs is a little ridiculous. It's one thing to voice your concerns, it's another entirely to resort to slanderous name-calling and bullying.
Of course, J.K. Rowling being the powerhouse she is, didn't plan on taking this criticism lying down. She took to the social media platform on Saturday night and stood by her political positions and responded to a handful of those who had directed unkind words towards her, many of which were later suspended from Twitter.
Rowling made the following statement over a series of Tweets:
I have ignored and blocked abuse from people with an SNP twibbon [a ribbon on a Twitter avatar] for months on Twitter, very much taking the view that the abusive ones are not typical. This week, though, my personal line has been crossed with being called traitor and shite the least of the abuse.
I feel no responsibility to hush up that kind of behaviour to protect the image of any political party. It isn't always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and I believe in standing up to bullies.
In one blazing moment of brilliance, she also unleashed some master-level shade toward one of her haters:
He might need some ice for that burn!
Rowling made it clear that not everyone associated with the SNP were being cruel by favoriting and responding to many of their Tweets as well. She also made it a point to turn this rough day into something positive by highlighting the kindness of the fans who stood up for her.
While it would have been far easier - and definitely understandable - to simply delete her Twitter account, I'm glad to see that she responded instead of hiding! I think it proves to be a great message for us all.
Being strong in your convictions is important, but it doesn't give you the right to say hurtful or ill-natured comments towards another person. I can definitely see where Hermione Granger gets her moxie!
Way to go, JKR!
(Via: The Guardian)