JK Rowling Isn't Tolerating Bullies on Twitter Anymore

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JK Rowling has always been outspoken about her politics on Twitter. The Harry Potter author is a vocal supporter of Britain’s Labour Party, and she donated nearly a million pounds to the “No Campaign,” which fought to keep Scotland from becoming an independent nation.


And since she’s a woman with a public opinion, Rowling has been subject to her share of online abuse. But on Saturday, the writer said that the attacks had “crossed her personal line.”

Via The Guardian:

In a series of responses to one user on Saturday, she said: “I have ignored and blocked abuse from people with a [Scottish National Party] 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.”

But this was undoubtedly the most satisfying tweet that Rowling sent to one of her harassers:

Just remember: You can write books that define an entire generation’s childhood, but at the end of the day a woman with an opinion is just that; and that is person who deserves to be belittled and bullied.

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Back when the general consensus was that meanie feminists forced Joss Whedon off Twitter with their witchery, I remember being really pissed off because no one ever acts like women being hateswarmed on Twitter means the Internet needs to go to its room and think about what it’s done. Hell, Cecily Strong deleted her account what, a year ago? because trolls wouldn’t quit fat-shaming her. So why was it not a sign of some deep, insidious cultural problem before, especially since it shows no signs of slowing down?