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J.K. Rowling Shuts Down Haters With Tweet

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As the moral world celebrated Ireland's vote to legalize same-sex marriage, the usual suspects took to the various platforms to express disagreement with all those in favor.

J. K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter series, tweeted her support in excitement. When a fan of her books and same-sex marriage tweeted an old meme—"What if Dumbledore and Gandalf were gay together?"—Rowling responded with a clover and rainbows emoji-infused response: "Then they could get married IN IRELAND."

Cue Westboro Baptist Church, the Topeka, Kansas-headquartered hate group masquerading as the soldiers of a benevolent God.

"So @jk_rowling wants Dumbledore & Gandalf to marry in Ireland; if it happens, WBC will picket! #NotBanned"—etc.

Rowling lost no time with her follow-up, shutting down WBC and basically Internet haters everywhere:

"Alas, the sheer awesomeness of such a union in such a place would blow your tiny bigoted minds out of your thick sloping skulls," she tweeted back. More than 13,000 followers retweeted it.


But not quite. Some fans of hers, even those who support same-sex marriage, scolded the author for dignifying the WBC tweet with a response. Rowling had an underlying motive:

"I don't care about WBC. I think it's important that scared gay kids who aren't out yet see hate speech challenged."

And with that, everyone went back to celebrating the historic Irish vote. (Well, everyone except the no-goodniks over in Topeka.)

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