JK Rowling criticises Westboro Baptist Church in yet another brilliant Twitter quip
Catchup News was delighted to hear today that JK Rowling has once again demonstrated her considerable talent for shutting down vitriolic Twitter bullies, this time by taking on the unrelenting Westboro Baptist Church. These guys never give up. Even when it’s a war of words with the world’s most successful writer. They just can’t resist. The anti-gay group famous for brandishing hate-filled signs bearing slogans such as ‘God hates fags’ at protests responded strangely to Ireland’s vote for marriage equality by threatening to picket the fictional wedding of Harry Potter character Dumbledore and the Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf. The author had joked about a union between the two in tweets celebrating the “extraordinary and wonderful” referendum result in Ireland, where almost 62 per cent of people voted in favour of legalising same-sex marriage.
Her joke was of course quickly pounced on by social media accounts affiliated with the Westboro Baptist Church, who had been tweeting homophobic messages “reminding” Ireland of its slogan. Nobody needs reminding of that slogan. We all know it, and we all hate it. The Kansas-based church has picketed Ground Zero, the funeral of soldiers and celebrities such as Michael Jackson in the past and threatened to picket Robin Williams’ funeral after saying the actor is “going to hell” and was “hated by God”. Basically they’re a lovely bunch of chill people. And never one to ignore hate-speech circulating on the internet, Rowling responded excellently and swiftly, telling them they had tiny brains in large sloping skulls. It’s the latest in a long line of amazing putdowns. When challenged by a Twitter user for giving the Church "counter-productive" attention, Rowling insisted it is important to confront hate speech in all forms. And her reign continues. More from Catchup News soon.