JK Rowling, Aziz Ansari Troll Murdoch Over Islam Tweets
Rupert's response to Paris terror attacks not well-received
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 12, 2015 10:48 AM CST
Rupert Murdoch attends the WSJ Magazine 2014 Innovator Awards at MoMA on Nov. 5, 2014, in New York.   (Photo by Andy Kropa/Invision/AP)

(Newser) – Rupert Murdoch's thoughts on Muslim people made him very unpopular this weekend with JK Rowling and Aziz Ansari, Salon reports:

  • It started when Murdoch responded to the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks by tweeting, "Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible." He followed that up with, "Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy."
  • Rowling replied: "I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate." While conversing with other Twitter users on the topic, she followed that up with, "The Spanish Inquisition was my fault, as is all Christian fundamentalist violence. Oh, and Jim Bakker." And then: "Eight times more Muslims have been killed by so-called Islamic terrorists than non-Muslims."

  • Murdoch changed his tune a bit yesterday, tweeting, "Extraordinary scenes in Paris today, but do not forget the heroic sacrifice of Ahmed Merabet, Muslim police officer whose funeral was today."
  • That prompted a response from Ansari: "Quit back peddling you racist piece of shit." He then took on Murdoch's first tweet: "Rups can we get a step by step guide? How can my 60 year old parents in NC help destroy terrorist groups? Plz advise. Are you responsible for the evil shit all Christians do or just the insane amount of evil you yourself contribute to? @rupertmurdoch is responsible for all pedophilia committed by anyone Catholic. @rupertmurdoch why are you pro-pedophile :( @rupertmurdoch is Christian just like Mark David Chapman who shot John Lennon. Why didn't Rupert stop it? #RupertsFault."
  • As Salon notes, that hashtag took off, with Murdoch being blamed for pretty much everything, including the existence of Panda Express.
Also this weekend, a Fox News pundit claimed that the UK's second-biggest city is "Muslim-only."