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JK Rowling skilfully hits back at Twitter troll, who accuses her of “angling for some online abuse”

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JK Rowling has a reputation for turning 140 characters into a grand slam come-back.

Which is unsurprising, really, considering she is also the UK’s best-selling living author.

STV political correspondent, Stephen Daisley, who has previously written online lists entitled ‘Why I Hate Scotland’ and ‘Why I love Scotland’ (the latter contained only Jim Murphy, the former leader of the Scottish Labour Party), tweeted yesterday saying: “You Know what? I hate everything.”

To which Rowling responded with a photograph of Jim Murphy, saying: “No you don’t. Come on, give us a smile.”

At this point, Twitter user, Iain Taylor interrupted, suggesting Rowling’s tweet was purely sent for the purpose of self-publicity, saying: “Is Rowling angling for some online abuse. Must have a new book/play/film in the pipeline. Publicity.”

Rowling is currently in the run-up to the release of her West End play Harry Potter and The Cursed Child.

Rowling swiftly replied to Taylor’s tweet, sarcastically saying:

“God knows how Harry Potter got so big! I could go weeks at a time without being called a Quisling whore in the 90s.”

Followed by another, no holds barred tweet, which said:

“Just heard from Warner bros. ‘Cancel the trailers, somebody’s called her a cunt on twitter again!”

An admiring fan later tweeted at Rowling, saying : “Why in the world would you dignify that kind of thing with a comment”, Rowling replied with a Maya Angelou quote: “Each time a woman stands up for herself…she stands up for all women.”

She just gets better and better.


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