Harry Potter author and outspoken critic of British antisemitism J.K. Rowling lashed back on Wednesday against a racist smear of comedian Stephen Fry on Twitter.
Rowling entered a controversy that broke out after Fry, who is Jewish, defended Rachel Riley, a TV star who has criticized the Labour party over the antisemitism scandals it has been plagued by in recent years/
Far-left ex-MP George Galloway, a vehement critic of Israel, responded to Fry’s statement, “I stand with you, Rachel,” by tweeting: “Dumbfounding. She calls Chomsky (or Chomski as she styles him) an anti-Semite and slanders half the Labour Party as the same. 1980’s left-wing comedy icon and all round gent backs…her!”
In response, an account called “Stafford 4 Jeremy Corbyn” tweeted, “Don’t forget @stephenfry make money from the potter books. Can’t have him upsetting @jk_rowling.”
Rowling shot back, writing, “Nothing says ‘our movement has no problem with antisemitism’ than suggesting a man of Jewish ancestry is secretly motivated by fear of losing money. But thanks for tagging me in, @stafford4jc. If you hadn’t, I wouldn’t have been able to tell you to go f–k yourself.”
Rowling, a longtime Labour supporter, has taken a strong stand against antisemitism in the party since Jeremy Corbyn became its leader in 2015. She has often faced considerable abuse for her stance.