Ireland’s historic vote to legalize same-sex marriage drew praise from author J.K. Rowling. It also inspired the “Harry Potter” creator to joke lightheartedly on Twitter about Professor Dumbedore, a gay character in her book series, to be able to marry “Lord of the Rings” wizard Gandalf. Although the idea delighted many, there were some who were not so accepting.
According to a May 28 report by the Hollywood Reporter, the warm-hearted humor quickly drew the attention of the Westboro Baptist Church who threatened to protest such a union, even if they are just fictional characters. They tweeted in response to Rowling that they would picket such a notion. The response triggered a verbal Twitter war. In response to WBC, Rowling tweeted:
“@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.”
The anti-gay religious organization, who has gone as far as to protest funerals of soldiers, the victims of the Sandy Hook shooting, and celebrities, has not discriminated when it comes to whom they protest against. Rowling, however, was up for the challenge and gave the anti-gay group the attention they were seeking. She shut them down and simply stated just how much she didn’t care for them.
“I don’t care about WBC,” Rowling continued after fans urged her to ignore the tweets, “I think it’s important that scared gay kids who aren’t out yet see hate speech challenged.”
Rowling gone back and forth with anti-gay trolls on the popular social site quite a few times. She doesn’t apologize for supporting LGBT rights and in doing so has earned much applause from her fans. The verbal sledgehammer she laid on the Westboro Baptist Church was shared 4,700 and favorite over 10,000 times. Not only did it show that WBC’s act has grown way past tiresome, it also symbolizes the growing support for same-sex marriage globally.