J.K. Rowling on Twitter: Is She Practicing What She Preaches?
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J.K. Rowling created one of the most recognizable stories of the 21st century. A tale of magic, and most importantly, love. She was the first person to become a billionaire off of writing books and also the first person to lose their “billionaire” title due to her charitable efforts. She is a kind, caring woman of outstanding moral character.
However, in my opinion, she has been uncharacteristically mean-spirited and even cruel as of late. Jo has been publicly bashing fans and followers on her Twitter account, which is unusual for a woman who preaches lessons of love and acceptance through the world of Harry Potter. In such socially unstable times, shouldn’t our role models be following their own examples?
Let’s take a minute to examine some of the most recent exchanges between Jo and her followers.
Frogulus Pepe takes an immature jab at Jo for her disapproval of President Donald Trump.
*sighs* Well, who knows? If I try harder, I might be reincarnated as a lonely virgin hiding behind a cartoon frog. pic.twitter.com/EbocdxfJ5o
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2017
In this particular scenario, the original tweet is hardly offensive because it is so juvenile. Unfortunately, the reply is just as juvenile, coming from someone who has traditionally taken and advocated for the high road.
This next tweet was particularly shocking to me. After six years of bullying, Harry still didn’t allow Draco to die in the fire of the Room of Requirement, but a disappointed fan is fair game.
Well, the fumes from the DVDs might be toxic and I've still got your money, so by all means borrow my lighter. pic.twitter.com/kVoi8VGEoK
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 31, 2017
This tweet could have easily been ignored. The fan was clearly upset in the moment, but Jo encouraged them based on the premise that perhaps the fumes from their fire could be harmful.
I think that this tweet is not only rude but also unfounded.
Guess it's true what they say: you can lead a girl to books about the rise and fall of an autocrat, but you still can't make her think. pic.twitter.com/oB7Aq6Xz8M
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 1, 2017
The fact that someone disagrees with you only proves that they do, in fact, think for themselves. Come on, Jo.
It is human nature to lash out when under stress, but Jo has historically handled negative situations with poise. In times of so much adversity, we look to our role models for guidance. The woman who once taught us the values of love and acceptance has been publicly snapping on people with opposing viewpoints, including her own fans. Some outlets have even praised her for her harsh words on social media. I will not.
We must all face the choice of what is right and what is easy.” – Albus Dumbledore
It is easy to insult someone who disagrees with you, but that does not make it right. I will always respect J.K. Rowling for her incredible talent and compassion. She is 100% entitled to voice her opinions as publicly as she wishes. I am in shock at this mean-spirited behavior and attacking her own fans. In order to be a voice for the people, one must be an example. To openly bully people for having a different opinion is immature and extremely out of character for Jo. This is the J.K. Rowling I know:
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 11, 2016
I hope that Jo takes the time to honestly evaluate her words and remember how much of an impact she has, not only on her biggest fans but also on a much larger scale. I look forward to the day when Jo returns to her cool-headed and intelligent demeanor, the one that inspires millions of people from just as many walks of life. I am optimistic that this is only a phase, and not the real woman coming out from behind a mask.
If you want to know what a man’s like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals.” – Sirius Black
Do you think Jo has crossed the line on Twitter lately?