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J.K. Rowling Roasted Piers Morgan on Twitter After He Defended Trump’s Muslim Ban

With a clutch assist from George Takei


Piers Morgan is no stranger to futile Twitter wars and regressive political commentary, but he had a particularly terrible day yesterday when he tried to come for J.K. Rowling. It all started when he appeared on Friday’s episode of Real Time With Bill Maher. After Morgan said, “There is no Muslim ban,” comedian Jim Jefferies cried out, “Oh, fuck off!”

J.K. Rowling, who has repeatedly criticized Morgan’s politics, was delighted by Jefferies’ outburst.

Morgan then responded by claiming he had never read the Harry Potter books. (Your loss, bro.)

That’s when Rowling, George Takei, and the internet’s love of receipts came for Morgan.

Morgan then tried to make some point about liberal arrogance and superiority, but Rowling–who regularly slam-dunks on Twitter’s misogynists and homophobes, and once staged a tag-team Twitter takedown of Trump with Carrie Fisher–just mimed him.

Morgan quickly flew off the rails with some petty tweets…that betrayed quite a working knowledge of Harry Potter lore. I mean, characters like Voldemort or Dumbledore are well-established references in mainstream culture, but Squib? Dolores Umbridge? Somebody’s been sneaking a read!

Morgan then continued to fight with randos in his mentions, as one does.

Of course, all this fun comes with caveats. Even when he’s being an unfunny puppet for racist policies, Morgan shouldn’t be harassed on Twitter–so let’s everyone keep slinging the brutal comebacks, not the Twitter-egg threats. Rowling, though a vocal advocate for many progressive causes, is often an imperfect or tone-deaf ally. Neither Morgan nor Rowling will be personally affected by the horrible ban that kicked off this Twitter feud, so their voices are hardly the most important in this debate.

And yes, it’s true that petty Twitter wars won’t bring us any real political change–but I’m still smiling.

To close, I will leave you with this particularly savage brag, which reminds us all that Rowling is a queen of two art forms: the novel and the Twitter feud.

(Via Daily Dot; image via Bloomsbury)

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