Literati Rally to JK Rowling's Defense

Literati Rally to JK Rowling's Defense
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Some of Britain’s most eminent entertainers and authors have rallied around JK Rowling after the Harry Potter writer was subjected to an onslaught of abuse and death threats on social media.

The Booker prize-winner Ian McEwan, the actress Frances Barber,the playwright Sir Tom Stoppard and the actor and writer Griff Rhys Jones are among 58 signatories to a letter in which they say she is a victim of “an insidious, authoritarian and misogynistic trend in social media”.

In the letter, triggered by her opponents declaring her dead on social media, they said it was “just the latest example of hate speech directed against her and other women that Twitter and other platforms enable and implicitly endorse”.

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