JK Rowling has taken to Twitter to launch a stinging attack on the Daily Express's front page, which features a critical story about the BBC filming an episode of Songs of Praise at the Calais migrant camp.
In a post on Twitter, the writer said: "Newspaper owned by man who got rich peddling pornography condemns the BBC for filming migrants singing hymns."
Newspaper owned by man who got rich peddling pornography condemns the BBC for filming migrants singing hymns. pic.twitter.com/SajRjwJ9EB— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 11, 2015
She was quickly joined by other users who waded into the debate, some accusing the Express of using violent language against migrants.
Bloody BBC. They should be using your money to pay a millionaire to drive cars, tell racist jokes and hit people. pic.twitter.com/aLNMudGxpY— Nicholas Pegg (@NicholasPegg) August 11, 2015
The Bible's very clear about it. Songs of Praise should never have filmed in Calais. pic.twitter.com/GfUVTOJv5l— David Schneider (@davidschneider) August 11, 2015ADVERTISEMENT
Yeah, this IS how the BBC is spending your money, ie bloody brilliantly. Fierce love for the BBC right now. https://t.co/IPkRBxngak— Emma Kennedy (@Nufanglenesse) August 11, 2015
The language in this story about the BBC hosting Songs of Praise in a Calais Migrant camp is so violent.August 11, 2015
Hurrah! This is how the BBC is spending my money! pic.twitter.com/RkkM3AJ36w— John Walker (@botherer) August 11, 2015
The Express is outraged by the BBC filming Songs of Praise in a migrant camp but not outraged that people have to live in them— Luke Young (@LukeYoung) August 11, 2015
Even the leader of the Scottish Conservatives, Ruth Davidson, chipped in, quoting a famous passage from the book of Matthew, chapter 18 verse 20.
Props to Sally Mag & all at the BBC Religious Progs Dept. "For where 2 or 3 gather in my name, there am I with them" pic.twitter.com/dYbcrkUJgE— Ruth Davidson MSP (@RuthDavidsonMSP) August 10, 2015
The Express declined to comment.
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