‘Terrorist’ not ‘lone wolf’: J.K. Rowling corrects Daily Mail tweet over Canada attacker
LONDON: Author of the popular novel series “Harry Potter” on Tuesday corrected a tweet regarding a Canada student who was charged over shooting in a mosque by news website Daily Mail’s US Twitter account.
The Canadian student known to have nationalist sympathies was charged Monday with six counts of murder over a shooting spree at a Quebec mosque — one of the worst attacks ever to target Muslims in a western country.
The Daily Mail account, while tweeting a news article about the suspected attacker, described him as “lone wolf”.
This angered the author who shared a screengrab of the tweet and argued that the suspect be described as a “terrorist”.
He. Is. A. Terrorist. Not. A. Lone. Wolf. pic.twitter.com/OO3qDGhzwr
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 30, 2017
It was not only Ms Rowling but several others also objected on the double standards adopted by the media on the issue of the Quebec city attack.
@DailyMail If a muslim guy shot up a majority white church, he’d be called a terrorist.
— Super Predator (@liv_outloud) January 31, 2017
@DailyMail I am sick and tired of the media not telling it how it is, he is a terrorist
— Eman (@ronakneamat) January 31, 2017
On November 29, Rowling also took aim at US President Donald Trump’s second-in-command Mike Pence and reminded him that before being named as Trump’s running mate, he himself opposed the Muslim travel ban.
Rowling’s commentary on Pence’s tweet was a single biblical quote: “For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?”
‘For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?’
Matthew 16:26 https://t.co/cYFglX3yRW
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) January 29, 2017
Calls to ban Muslims from entering the U.S. are offensive and unconstitutional.
— Governor Mike Pence (@GovPenceIN) December 8, 2015
An executive order signed by US President Donald Trump on Friday suspends arrivals by refugees in general for 120 days and Syrian refugees indefinitely. Trump’s widely-condemned executive order also bars entry for travellers from seven mainly Muslim countries — Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — for 90 days.