Indeed, the billionaire’s timeline is a testament to her undoubtedly pure and humane feelings. Rowling is on a quest, a quest to empty Africa and Asia and to fill up the UK. So when independent US journalist Mike Cernovitch invited Rowling to accommodate some ‘desperate’ migrants in her own commodious 17-bedroomed mansion at his expense, the best-selling novelist (and humanist) readily agreed, right?
Famous for her allegedly “killer” tweets in which she puts down the likes of Cernovitch, far from thanking the journalist for his kind (and humane) offer, Rowling retreated into a rare bout of Twitter temperance. Strange. For here was a golden opportunity to put her (considerable) money where her (even more considerable) mouth is.
More silence. Not a “killer” tweet in sight. How strange. From her Twitter timeline one would think Rowling genuinely wanted to help these men-children. I mean writing 140 character tweets is the easy bit, is it not? Anyone can agitate online. But not too many of us have 17 bedrooms going spare, beds that these poor male migrants – ‘desperate’ migrants - would be very grateful to rest their weary heads.
What exactly was Rowling afraid of? As a gesture of compassion, offering one of your 17 bedrooms to those less fortunate than oneself would have been a wonderfully humane course of action to take. Others might have followed in her footsteps. Perhaps even fellow online agitator Gary Lineker would have followed suit. Liberal mansion doors might just have started flying open. Alas no. Rowling’s silence spoke volumes.
Back to this week. In the aftermath of the Manchester terrorist attack one would imagine that someone with Rowling’s sheer volume of humanity would have been tweeting her outrage and sorrow non-stop – in much the same way she does about her cherished migrants. Right? Wrong.
Rowling’s Twitter timeline has been eerily quiet. Not a single tweet about the Manchester atrocity or the innocent young lives blown to smithereens, not even a smidgeon of sympathy for the parents’ loss. I stand corrected. Rowling has sent out one tweet about Manchester, a tweet in which she could barely hide her outrage...?
For the press.
Yup. Rowling’s only response to the death and carnage at Manchester has been a tweet in which she directed her robots to troll some of the newspapers that had had the temerity to report on the massacre.
The entrails and bones of an 8-year old girl strewn across the streets of Manchester did not make Rowling mad. What did make her mad however, was the fact that the Daily Mail had reported events at the Manchester Arena.
Thus, she set her pack of braying twitter zombies onto the media she hates so much, the object being for her followers to troll and make nuisances of themselves to said papers and editors.
Have you not heard about Rowling’s Twitter enforcers? Just a rather quaint bit of old fashioned intimidation – all above aboard and quite, quite humane.
Here’s how it works: Rowling tweets and her followers… follow. Rowling tweets and within seconds has thousands of Twitter re-tweets and favourites. Indeed, should she send out a tweet containing nought but a full-stop, the flood of re-tweets and favs will follow in their 1000s. Empowered by said robots (and their undeniably discerning taste) safely ensconced behind the security, cameras and walls of her billionaire castle, Rowling preaches her pro-migrant message to the converted.
And yet… still no messages expressing grief or horror about the events at Manchester. An alien reading her timeline might be forgiven for thinking that it was in fact newspaper editors who had committed a heinous, cowardly crime at the Manchester Arena on Monday 22nd May, 2017.
Said alien would no doubt be shocked to discover that innocent children had been slain at a pop concert. In order to find that information our little green man would have to open the pages of a… newspaper, the very same things outraging Rowling. Strange, huh?
Why do newspaper editors outrage Rowling more than terrorists? Unfathomable. Incomprehensible.
Not really. Just imagine how you’d feel if you spent your days agitating to bring unchecked (male) migrants into the UK using not only your status, but your snarling Twitter attack hounds to achieve these aims and then days, weeks or months down the line 8-year olds are blown to smithereens at a pop concert.
Harry Potter and the Billionaire’s Conscience. Now that’s one Rowling book I would bother to read.