Tuesday 27 June 2017

JK Rowling took on Mike Pence and proved once again that she is queen of Twitter

JK Rowling, Mike Pence. Images: Getty
JK Rowling, Mike Pence. Images: Getty

Louis Doré

JK Rowling, creator of the Harry Potter franchise, is a dab hand at Twitter.

She's earned a reputation on the website for pithy one liners, put downs and messages of hope.

Last Friday Donald Trump signed an executive order from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the US for at least 90 days.

As a result, people have been referring to the travel ban as a 'Muslim ban'.

A federal judge in Brooklyn stayed Trump's executive order with a ruling that prevented the Government from deporting arrivals.

The United States refugee admissions programme was suspended for 120 days and Syrian refugees have been banned indefinitely.

Following the introduction of the "extreme vetting" order, people have recently been retweeting an old post of Vice President Mike Pence from December 2015, which reads: "Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional."

Harry Potter author JK Rowling didn't hesitate to repost the tweet, with the caption: "'For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?' Matthew 16:26."

She also criticised the policy, saying: "When I worked for Amnesty International in the 80s, these were the kind of stories told by political prisoners in dictatorships."

When she was criticised for her views, with one user saying: "You're a grown woman whose entire career is based on stories about a nerd who turns people into frogs. Stay out of politics," she responded: "In - Free - Countries - Anyone - Can - Talk - About - Politics. Try sounding out the syllables aloud, or ask a fluent reader to help."

Another user said they were going to burn Rowling's books and movies because of her views, to which she responded: "Well, the fumes from the DVDs might be toxic and I've still got your money, so by all means borrow my lighter."

Of course, Rowling was supported by her fans for her responses.

"I love you people," she wrote.

"Half my timeline right now is pointing out that Harry Potter never turned anyone into a frog & that Hermione was the nerd."

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