JK Rowling has borrowed from a hip-hop anthem in the latest chapter of her lengthy row with a former Scottish National Party MP.
The Harry Potter scribe - a high-profile supporter of Scotland remaining in the UK during the independence referendum - re-interpreted a line from the 2006 global hit ‘Ridin’’ by Chamillionaire after Glasgow East MP Natalie McGarry apologised for accusing the author of defending "abusive misogynist trolls" on Twitter.
They see me Rowlin'— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) February 17, 2016
They hatin' https://t.co/dfiqou7vpD
The pair clashed after Rowling hinted she was prepared to sue for libel.
The MP had said the author "tweeted support" for a Twitter user who goes by the pseudonym Brian Spanner.
The author strongly denied the claim and demanded an apology.
McGarry later apologised for "any misguided inference" that Rowling supports misogyny or abuse, but went on to retweet an image that had been altered to wrongly suggest Rowling had responded "you're a good man" to an abusive tweet sent by Brian Spanner.
This seemed to fuel the row further.
.@NatalieMcGarry *sighs* OK, Natalie, that's cut and pasted to suggest I said 'good man' to that tweet, not to fundraising for charity.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2016
.@NatalieMcGarry This 'proof' is cut and pasted. I assume you want to retract the apology you made 3 mins ago?— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 28, 2016
The "good man" tweet had actually been made after Brian Spanner helped to raise money for Ms Rowling's children's charity, the author said.
Now McGarry has offered a full apology.
Regards a previous discussion with JK Rowling, I apologise for using a screen grab which didn't give context to the conversation.— Natalie McGarry (@NatalieMcGarry) February 17, 2016
The particular screen grab from JK Rowling didn't give the correct context to her relationship with a tweeter, so for that, I apologise.— Natalie McGarry (@NatalieMcGarry) February 17, 2016
In the context of my last two tweets, I give and continue to give and donate to charities and organisations in Glasgow East and abroad.— Natalie McGarry (@NatalieMcGarry) February 17, 2016
All said and done, my priorities w/ people of Glasgow East. Twitter is Twitter. Most folk more engaged by what is happening in their lives.— Natalie McGarry (@NatalieMcGarry) February 17, 2016
Rowling’s Chamillionaire tweet followed a response to the MP’s tweets.
@NatalieMcGarry why apologise to her. She uses her obscene wealth & lawyer droids to threaten & bully. Tell the radge to bolt.— Kevin Williamson (@williamsonkev) February 17, 2016
McGarry, who resigned the SNP whip in November but continues to sit in the Commons, had alleged Rowling had re-tweeted support for someone the Edinburgh East MP claimed to be a troll.