JK Rowling today threatened a Twitter user with legal action after they shared a fake and defamatory tweet alleging the Harry Potter author told people to “live in a closet”.
The 57-year-old author shared a screenshot of a manipulated image posted online showing a rainbow-colored tattoo that reads “No one should live in a closet.”
The fake tweet, which has been circulating online since 2020 and altered to appear as if it was authored by Rowling, replied, “Yes, they should.”
Kathryn Brightbill, a political analyst based in Florida, USA, re-shared the image with her 11,000 online followers last night. It was liked more than 7,800 times and stayed on her Twitter feed more than 18 hours after she first posted it.
An enraged Rowling today threatened legal action against Ms Brightbill, refuting claims she shared the tweet. The author also clarified that the fake message was originally created after she reposted a now-deleted tweet that contained a typo.
She tweeted today: “This fake tweet was created when I deleted and then reposted a completely different tweet with a typo. The creator claimed what I deleted. I ask that you delete this defamatory statement and acknowledge the truth.
“My lawyers would also like to know the identity of your ‘real life’ friend who ‘screenshotted’ herself.
“Since this tweet was never from my account, she cannot have captured it in the form it appears here.”
JK Rowling today slammed a Twitter user for sharing a “fake and defamatory tweet” from 2020 that falsely portrayed the Harry Potter mastermind as a critic of a pro-LGBT tattoo. Pictured: The manipulated image that sparked the online dispute
An enraged Rowling today threatened legal action against Ms Brightbill, refuting claims she shared the tweet. The author also clarified that the fake message was originally created after she reposted a now-deleted tweet that contained a typo
The author’s views on transgender rights have drawn criticism from some quarters
The false image, which shows Harry Potter-style rainbow-colored glasses, uses the Lumos font, which is closely associated with the wizarding world created by Rowling.
Brightbill shared the fake image online and last night tweeted: “#IcantstandJKRowling because as much as people claim otherwise, this is a real tweet and a deletion from her that probably should have been tweeted on an alt [alternate account].
“My copy of the screenshot was taken by someone I know IRL who had notifications turned on and took a screenshot themselves.”
Hundreds of Twitter users then accused Rowling of homophobia after reposting the fake tweet
Rowling has been repeatedly targeted by trolls after making critical comments about the transgender lobby – including protesters who stood outside her home with placards after her address was posted online last year.
The police are also investigating a bomb threat against the author A trans activist urged Twitter users to send her a bombshell home.
The offensive tweet included a picture of the Harry Potter creator, her family’s address, a picture of a pipe bomb, and the cover of a bomb-making manual.
It comes just days after Rowling received online death threats from an extremist when she warned that social media is “a gift to people who want to behave viciously”.
Speaking to Graham Norton on his Virgin Radio show earlier this week, she said: “Social media can be a lot of fun and I like the pub quarrels aspect.
Rowling has been repeatedly attacked by trolls after making critical comments about the transgender lobby – including protesters who stood outside her home with placards
“That can be a funny thing. But there is no doubt that social media is a gift to people who want to behave badly.”
As for whether anything can be done to prevent online trolls, she added: “I think on one level I’m not sure I can.
“I’m not sure anyone can do that. I try to behave online the way I want others to behave. I would never want that…I’ve obviously never threatened anyone, and I certainly wouldn’t want anyone to go to their house or anything.”
She added that she tweeted the apparent threat from an Islamic extremist over her support for writer Salman Rushdie, before posting a screenshot of the response and commenting: “Those are your guidelines, right? “Violence: You must not threaten violence against any person or group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence… “Terrorism/violent extremism: You must not threaten or encourage terrorism”…”
In an apparent attempt to kick Aziz off Twitter, Rowling later posted, “@TwitterSupport, any chance of support?”.
Rowling has also spoken out about the cancel culture in the past, claiming it has been “cancelled” by younger generations, but in a rare interview she said she “didn’t want to be a part of The Return To Hogwarts reunion”.
Pictured: JK Rowling with young Harry Potter stars. The author has often tweeted critically about the use of inclusive language and spaces, most notably retweeting a post related to “people who menstruate.”
The author has often tweeted critically about the use of inclusive language and spaces, most notably retweeting a post that referred to “people who menstruate,” adding, “I’m sure there used to be a word for these people gave. someone help me whoops? wimpund? Woomud?’
Transgender activists say Ms Rowling’s stance is discriminatory and fails to recognize the difficulties transgender and non-binary people face, but some feminists argue it’s important to maintain single-sex spaces to protect vulnerable women.
Ms Rowling has also received backlash from claims she has made to defend herself in 2020, including claiming that only people who are “privileged or fortunate enough to have never encountered male violence” support Inclusive Spaces .
She said: “I stand alongside the brave women and men, gay, straight and trans, who are fighting for freedom of speech and freedom of thought and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay children, fragile teenagers and women who are… rely on it and want to keep their single sex rooms.
“Surveys show these women are in the vast majority, excluding only those who are privileged or fortunate enough not to have been confronted with male violence or sexual assault and who have never bothered to find out about it to let you know how widespread it is.”
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