J.K. Rowling Slams Rupert Murdoch for Blaming Muslims For Charlie Hebdo Attack in Perfect Tweets

J.K. Rowling and Rupert Murdoch
J.K. Rowling fought back on Twitter against Rupert Murdoch after he blamed Muslims for the Charlie Hebdo terrorist attacks.  David Cheskin/AFP/Getty Images; D Dipasupil/FilmMagic

What a Gryffindor! J.K. Rowling refused to put up with online nonsense on Sunday, Jan. 11, publicly shaming formerly disgraced News of the World owner Rupert Murdoch for his tweets about Muslims. 

Following the gruesome terrorist attacks at the Charlie Hebdo satirical newspaper in Paris on Wednesday, Jan. 7, Murdoch took to Twitter to blame the Muslim people. 

“Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible,” he wrote on Jan. 9, adding, “Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.”

The famed Harry Potter author, 49, responded to Murdoch’s tweets, writing, “I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate,” linking to The Guardian’s article on Murdoch’s comments. 

Follower Dominic Reid jokingly responded, “@jk_rowling I personally never stop apologising for the crusades,” to which the author quipped, “.@dom209 The Spanish Inquisition was my fault, as is all Christian fundamentalist violence. Oh, and Jim Bakker.”

But Rowling wasn’t solely met with those who agreed with her. She tweeted several messages to those supporting Murdoch, 83. 

One handle called @AntiLibTweets wrote, “@jk_rowling Dumbledore wouldn’t have been a Muslim terror apologist just sayin #darktimeslayaheadharry. ironic that you deny Islamic terror is a problem when you wrote that fear of a name only increases fear of the thing itself. if Harry shared your cowardly apologist attitude the Death Eaters would have killed him & his friends by the third book.” 

Rowling replied, “.@AntiLibTweets Smart move, choosing to make your argument by referencing themes in Harry Potter.  Keep that up, you're bound to win!”

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