Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Author J.K. Rowling Fights Fire With Fire on Twitter

Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling was quick to fire back at some of her fans who are express their anger over her anti-Trump political views.

When you’re a celebrity, expressing your political views is bound to upset those in your fanbase who might disagree with those views. Author J.K. Rowling, best known for her Harry Potter series, likely is not surprised to hear this.

She’s now catching some flak for some tweets against President Donald Trump from fans who apparently fans of our 45th president. Yahoo News reported one of her “former” fans posted a tweet directed to her that claimed he or she would now burn her books and movies.

It’s a childish thing to say to someone, and, frankly, it’s childish to be of the mindset that because you purchase someone’s books, they are somehow beholden to you to follow your own political philosophies.

But Rowling fired back on the threat of book burning, something she’s not exactly unfamiliar with thanks to equally foolish book-burning events held by churches years ago, with this response:

Well, the fumes from the DVDs might be toxic and I’ve still got your money, so by all means borrow my lighter.

I am seriously beginning to like this author, and I’ve never read one of her books. And her blatant use of common sense is only part of the reason: she also correctly wrote DVDs without an unnecessary apostrophe. She deserves bonus points for that!

Yahoo’s article further gives her props for her apparent attempt to “shield” her complainers from embarrassment by obscurring their identities in her responses: rather than simply replying, she’s posting edited images of their tweets and offering her response to them.

I’ve addressed the notion that people simply don’t know how to complain before, but I’ll repeat this portion here: when you tell someone they’ve already lost you as a customer, you’ve given them absolutely no reason whatsoever to care what you say.

Beyond that, of course, just because you buy someone’s products, you don’t get to dictate what they choose to believe themselves or how they take advantage of their First Amendment rights to legal free expression. You have the same rights. Your audience will likely be much smaller, but you still have those rights.

But when you act this way, you make yourself — and your side — a target, and against a worthy adversary like Rowling, that’s probably a bad idea.

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