J.K. Rowling Tackles Islamophobia on Twitter with a Hilarious Thread
Sometimes, humor is the best medicine.
J.K. Rowling has made an art form of making sharp and often funny political points in just a few words on Twitter, and this weekend, her quick-witted take-down of an Islamophobic tweet inspired an entire Twitter meme of smart and humorous good citizenship.
It all began Thursday when Twitter user Rutger Ulbrecht posted a message about Muslims that caught Rowling’s eye. Rowling quickly responded by calling the man out for posting “bollocks.”
DID YOU KNOW:— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 26, 2017
In Britain, we call things that are completely untrue 'bollocks'? pic.twitter.com/7q1AlCVUcw
Ulbrecth’s statement about Muslims was so ludicrous that Rowling and her fans quickly capitalized on his setup of starting off the tweet with “DID YOU KNOW” and filled in their own made-up facts, often in defense of Muslims.
DID YOU KNOW: in Britain It takes 30,000 litres of paint and 5 months to complete painting the White Cliffs of Dover. 😂❤️— Leah Boyd (@Leahautumn01) August 26, 2017
DID YOU KNOW:— nora (@cuticlecare) August 26, 2017
Muslims hate donuts. Specifically Krispy Kreme glazed dozen. Pls leave 10 boxes outside your nearest mosque. @MuslimIQ
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Rowling’s Twitter feed is full of her opinions on news and world events, and she’s been an active voice in political discussions around issues like Brexit and the United Kingdom’s election of Theresa May as prime minister.
Just like Ulbrecht’s initial tweet, the responses spawned by Rowling played a little fast and loose with the “facts” — proving that sometimes, humor really is the best medicine for countering hate.
Did you know: If you laid every bacon sandwich in Britain end to end along the M6,you probably get arrested.😁— jay dee (@fingersmagee) August 26, 2017
how about egg and watercress?— Bewisperer (@EmmKaGaertner) August 26, 2017