JK Rowling fires back against Twitter abuse after election in Britain

Rowling says it is not always fun being a famous woman on Twitter and that she believes in standing against bullies after the online abuse she has been subjected to.

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling has spoken about the online abuse that she has been subjected to since this week’s U.K. elections.

The writer, who has in the past donated money to the Labour Party, was the victim of abusive by online trolls who apparently supported the National Scottish Party (NSP).

Rowling said she believed in “standing up to bullies” and added she spoke out after the attacks had crossed her “personal line”.  

After the NSP suffered a heavy defeat at the polls, ending in a virtual wipeout of its MPs in Scotland, the writer was condemned as a “traitor to Scotland” among other things by disgruntled individuals on the social media site.

On the other hand, many Twitter users have rushed to show their support for the author after she became a target of online abuse.

One person wrote: “Don’t let them get you down. There are still some civilised people left in Scotland, honest.”

After the online trolling she faced following Thursday’s elections, Rowling hinted she might leave Scotland in a tweet where she said: “I’ve got to be honest, if I’m leaving Scotland, the climate is something I probably wouldn’t want to replicate first!”

She admitted she found the internet a “harsh place” at times, however she refused to bow to the pressure and give in to the trolls.

Several accounts on Twitter have been blocked by the company after abusing Rowling who is also known for giving £1 million to the “No” campaign against independence for Scotland.

TRTWorld and agencies