The famous Harry Potter author, J.K. Rowling, world renowned for her fictional writing, took to Twitter recently to celebrate Ireland’s recent announcement making gay marriage officially legal in the country.
Apparently, some anti-gay trolls affiliated with the Westboro Baptist Church didn’t like this sort of outwardly celebration of homosexual rights too much, so they thought it would be smart by getting into a war of words with Mrs. Rowling.
It all started when the author of more than 450 million books sold worldwide originally posted this on Twitter:
Sitting here watching Irish make history. Extraordinary and wonderful.
A fan of Rowlings was just as elated as she was, prompting Rowling to take it even further:
Then they could get married in Ireland (referring to the picture of Dumbledore and Gandalf being gay together)!
This fictional gay marriage between two characters was enough to put followers of the Westboro Baptist Church in full alert mode. They immediately started trolling Rowling on her site.
They either thought it would be funny, or were even serious when they said:
So J.K. Rowling wants Dumbledore and Gandalf to marry in Ireland; if it happens, WBC will picket!
This is when Rowling, the master writer that she is, decided to put a troll down , once and for all:
Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls.
Most of Mrs. Rowling’s 4.67 million twitter followers thought that this was just the single best put down ever, although given the fact that they are hardcore fans of the Potter series and Mrs. Rowling, this is of no surprise. But, one reader didn’t think it would be a good idea for her to give a forum to an audience that is known for gay bashing. Why even give them the light of day? She had a response for this person, as well:
I don’t care about WBC. I think it’s important that scared gay kids who aren’t out yet see hate speech challenged.
Mrs. Rowling has gone on Twitter a lot more recently to speak out on opinions that matter to her, now that the Harry Potter series has officially ended. Because of this, she is becoming more and more of a public figure. In addition to standing up for gay rights, she has also talked about economic issues that favor the rich at the expense of the poor, which no doubt were shaped by her own experiences being raised by a financially struggling single mother.
But, if anything can be learned here, it’s that while she loves voicing her political opinions, she enjoys taking on Twitter trolls even more, and putting them in her place. It’s best not to challenge her, lest she embarrass you in front of the entire world.
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