On August 12, 2022, British-American writer Salman Rushdie was violently stabbed. An attack that shocked the whole world, including JK Rowling who quickly supported the author of “Satanic Verses”. A position that earned him in turn to be targeted by death threats.
JK Rowling and threats on Twitter: not a first
JK Rowling has been known worldwide for a good twenty years for her literary saga Harry Potter, which was brought to the screen with immense success. And when she has something to say, she says it. For the best, as if for the worse.
Back in 2020: very active on social networks, the writer had shocked the transgender community by posting an ironic tweet about an article evoking people who had their period. In effectJK Rowling had slipped with this message:
I’m sure we had to have a word for these people. Someone help me. Fire or Flame? Feemm?
The reaction was quick, between the disapproval of a large part of his fans (including certain actors present in the saga Harry Potter), boycott of the TV special Harry Potter : return to Hogwarts and, above all, death threats since 2021 from some LGBT activists. Invectives, threats and pressures, JK Rowling is therefore now very used to them.
At the end of the 1980s, a writer of Indian origin, Salman Rushdie became a public figure decried and targeted by a large part of the Muslim world, after the publication of his novel The Satanic Verses which blasphemously describes the prophet of Islam Muhammad. Since this publication, he has been a target for Islamists, with a fatwa demanding his death pronounced by Ayatollah Khomeini in 1989.
Victim of an assassination attempt on Friday August 12 during a conference in New York, his attacker having stabbed him with 10 stab wounds, the writer has continued to receive messages of support, including that of JK Rowling in a tweet. However, following his message, a user then replied:
Don’t worry, you’re next.
Although the message was later deleted, JK Rowling did not let this kind of message go by posting a screenshot to alert Twitter. An investigation is currently open into this case, led by the Scottish police.
Although in recent years relations have become strained between the Warner and the mother of the saga Harry Potter following his tweets deemed transphobic, the studio lent its support to JK Rowling in a press release:
Warner Bros. Discovery strongly condemns the threats made against JK Rowling. We are with her and all the authors, storytellers and creators who courageously express their creativity and their opinions. WBD believes in free speech, peaceful speech, and supporting those who offer their opinions in the public arena.