JK Rowling has angrily shut down a Twitter troll who accused the best-selling author of “angling for some online abuse” in a bid for publicity.
Iain Taylor had butted into a conversation between the Harry Potter author and STV journalist Stephen Daisley.
Rowling had responded by posting a photograph of Jim Murphy, the former Scottish Labour leader who resigned in June (and who was the sole person on Daisley’s Why I love Scotland list) with the quip: “No you don’t. Come on, give us a smile.”
You know what I hate? Everything.— Stephen Daisley (@JournoStephen) September 17, 2015
— Iain Taylor (@IainTaylor2014) September 17, 2015
Taylor intervened in the exchange to infer Rowling was attempting to drum up publicity for her forthcoming play.
A clearly affronted Rowling quickly turned the tables, shooting back: “God knows how Harry Potter got so big! I could go weeks at a time without being called a Quisling whore in the 90s.”
God knows how Harry Potter got so big! I could go weeks at a time without being called a Quisling whore in the 90s. https://t.co/e4achhcDDz— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 17, 2015
She followed up with: “Just heard from Warner Bros. ‘Cancel the trailers, somebody’s called her a cunt on Twitter again!”
Just heard from Warner Bros. 'Cancel the trailers, somebody's called her a cunt on Twitter again!' https://t.co/kzHwBhTkY9— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 17, 2015
When one of Rowling's followers asked the author why “in the world you would 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.”
"Each time a woman stands up for herself... she stands up for all women." Maya Angelou. https://t.co/LSZGaYlPQw— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 17, 2015