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Sunday 25 February 2018

Strictly’s Susan Calman brushes off trolls to JK Rowling’s delight

Susan Calman and JK Rowling are full of praise for each other on Twitter.

Susan Calman
Susan Calman

By Julia Hunt, Press Association

Harry Potter author JK Rowling has shown her support for Susan Calman after the Strictly contestant was trolled online, telling her: “Stay fabulous, my dancing queen.”

Comedian Calman had tweeted photographs of herself side by side, one showing her in a suit with a tie and the other of her looking glamorous in a dress and heels at the launch of Strictly.

She wrote: “Both of these pictures are of me. I can be both a kick ass time travelling lesbian and a bombshell in a dress. That’s the joy of Strictly.”

Her words were praised by most fans but a few took the opportunity to make nasty comments.

When one Twitter user said she looked “like a bitch” in both outfits, Calman assured them that she was not ruffled.

“Unfortunately for you, I take that as a compliment,” she wrote.

She later tweeted: “When a man calls me a bitch, or someone is homophobic I reply. Because this lesbian bitch ain’t standing for it.”

Rowling then tweeted a quote from late author Maya Angelou, which said: “When a woman stands up for herself, without knowing it, without claiming it, she stands up for all women.”

Calman, who married her wife Lee Cormack last year, replied: “True dat Rowling. *High fives our bad selves*.”

The author then urged her to “stay fabulous, my dancing queen x” and Calman replied: “Always, my gorgeous friend x.”

Calman previously told the Press Association her dancing shoes were “instruments of torture”, adding she had not worn a dress since she was 17.

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