Magical author J.K. Rowling has never been shy about flicking away pesky trolls — and today is no different. After publicly supporting the marriage equality referendum in Ireland, the woman who gave us Harry Potter was targeted by the world heavyweight champion of trolls, the Westboro Baptist Church.
If you don’t know anything about WBC, consider yourself a lucky, lucky person. But for the sake of the story, they’re a group of haters who hate just about everything and everyone. But they really have their picket signs, torches and pitchforks out for homosexuals, Jews, soldiers and politicians. And, apparently, the Ivory Coast. And of course, let’s not forget Canada. Because, hate.
Lovely, right? Anyhoo, J.K. said she would support the marriage of Dumbledore and Gandalf, two fictional characters from the Harry Potter series and The Lord of the Rings trilogy, respectively.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 23, 2015
Naturally, the anti-gay (anti-everything?) trolls were obviously not pleased with her. And they, as trolls do, attacked her on Twitter, expressing their disapproval of a Dumbledore/Gandalf union with this classless tweet that, frankly, hurts the eyes. Way too much going on.
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) May 26, 2015
But, b*tches, please. Rowling wasn’t having it. And shut ‘er down.
.@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
Someone tweeted to J.K. saying she shouldn’t bother wasting her time or energy with the Church, but Rowling insisted how important it is to confront hate speech in all forms.
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
Once a closed-minded bigot, always a closed-minded bigot. The people of Westboro Baptist Church will never change, but they have since admitted that more people probably read the Harry Potter series than the Bible. It’s something, we suppose.
— Westboro Baptist (@WBCSaysRepent) May 27, 2015