JK Rowling Shuts Down Homophobes (Again) on Twitter

This time it was Westboro Baptist Church protesting Gandalf/Dumbledore wedding
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted May 28, 2015 2:09 PM CDT
JK Rowling Shuts Down Homophobes (Again) on Twitter
Don't mess with her.   (Photo by Dan Hallman/Invision/AP, File)

(Newser) – The Westboro Baptist Church protests against pretty much everyone and everything, so any shock value they may have had wore off long ago. But one person they shouldn't have set their sights on is JK Rowling, who effectively owned the anti-gay group after members started sparring with her on Twitter, reports the Daily Beast. After tweeting last week that Ireland's decision to legalize gay marriage was "extraordinary and wonderful," Rowling wrote that now even Dumbledore and Gandalf could get happily married in Eire in response to another Twitter follower.

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That's when WBC decided to jump in and announce it would picket if such a union ever took place. Rowling's pitch-perfect response: "Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls." When someone pointed out she shouldn't feed the trolls, she offered her follow-up: "I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged." (She's defended Dumbledore before.)

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