In the aftermath of the deadly Paris attack, where 12 people were shot dead in the office of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo and more murdered in a market, many prominent personalities have been speaking up on issues regarding freedom of speech in relation with Islam and Muslims.
Following the trend, controversial media mogul Rupert Murdoch also took a part in the debate by posting some anti-Muslim comments on his Twitter. But don't expect any thoughtful debate when Murdoch opens his mouth.
Murdoch’s Friday tweets read how all Muslims were to blame for the actions of few extremists, and how "jihadist danger is looming everywhere."
Maybe most Moslems peaceful, but until they recognize and destroy their growing jihadist cancer they must be held responsible.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
Big jihadist danger looming everywhere from Philippines to Africa to Europe to US. Political correctness makes for denial and hypocrisy.— Rupert Murdoch (@rupertmurdoch) January 10, 2015
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However, celebrated British author J.K. Rowling had the perfect response to Murdoch’s racist posts. The Harry Potter author called Murdoch out on his Islamophobic comments, saying that since she was born a Christian, she should be held responsible for Rupert Murdoch’s xenophobia.
I was born Christian. If that makes Rupert Murdoch my responsibility, I'll auto-excommunicate. http://t.co/Atw1wNk8UX— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 11, 2015
And it was just the beginning. Taking a sarcastic tone, Rowling proceeded to hold herself accountable for the atrocities of Spanish Inquisition, and claiming that more Muslims have been killed by the terrorists than non-Muslims.
.@dom209 The Spanish Inquisition was my fault, as is all Christian fundamentalist violence. Oh, and Jim Bakker.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 11, 2015
A Twitter user tried using Rowling's own Harry Potter against her, but the author snapped back in the most perfect of ways, with dignity and an equal amount of sass.
.@AntiLibTweets Smart move, choosing to make your argument by referencing themes in Harry Potter. Keep that up, you're bound to win!— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 12, 2015
Famous comedian Aziz Ansari also got in on the action with his hashtag #RupertsFault.
.@RUPERTMURDOCH PLEASE TELL ME WHAT HAVE YOU DONE TO STOP ANY AND ALL CRIMES COMMITTED BY PEOPLE OF YOUR RELIGION???!!!— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
All Christian militia people and anyone they've hurt. #RupertsFault— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
Anytime a Christian person rear ended your car. #RupertsFault— Aziz Ansari (@azizansari) January 12, 2015
A few other twitter users also joined in.
College text books are too expensive #RupertsFault— ANDRE WRIGHT (@dre23222) January 12, 2015
Westboro Baptist Church. #RupertsFault— Prashant (@busybee) January 12, 2015
Rowling, Ansari and sanity: 1. Rupert Murdoch: 0.