JK Rowling defends Ireland's vote for gay marriage against Westboro Baptist Church
Published 27/05/2015 | 14:06
JK Rowling has taken to Twitter once again to take down trolls and this time her target is Westboro Baptist Church.
The anti-gay religious group released a video which featured prominent members of the notorious 'church' attempting to Irish dance on an Irish flag while a high-octane voice sang about Ireland going to hell.
The video was posted following the historic 'Yes' landslide vote of 62% in the Irish marriage referendum on Saturday.
JK Rowling had joked on Twitter on Saturday that there would be a fictional wedding of Harry Potter character Dumbledore and the Lord of the Rings wizard Gandalf and that this would take place in Ireland.
Westboro Baptist Church affiliated Twitter accounts responded to her tweet by saying they would picket the ceremony.
.@WBCsigns Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 26, 2015
Rowling responded by tweeting, "Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls."
She justified the tweet by adding, "I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged.
Previously Rowling had spoke about abuse she received following the General Election in the UK.
The author revealed that she was subjected to vicious comments on Twitter from those who support the Scottish Nationalist Party after she donated more than £1m to the Scottish Independence ‘No’ campaign last year.
I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged. https://t.co/XumjDmEjuw— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 27, 2015
In response to a user who wrote: “Go f**k yourself you slimy Labour ****,” Rowling wrote: “The internet doesn’t just offer opportunities for misogynistic abuse, you know. Penis enlargers can also be bought discreetly."