J.K. Rowling at the USA launch of her non-profit children's organization, Lumos, at The Empire State Building in New York City on April 9, 2015.
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By Tara John
October 20, 2015

J.K. Rowling was subjected to abuse on Twitter after she expressed her support for the Scotland rugby team, which was narrowly defeated by Australia in the quarter finals of the Rugby World Cup in London on Sunday.

The Harry Potter author’s crime was to praise Scotland’s performance by saying the team was ‘magnificent’ and had done ‘us proud.’

Rowling, who was born in England but has lived in Scotland most of her life, was targeted by Scottish nationalists because she was a vocal opponent of Scottish independence. Stuart Campbell, who tweets under the handle Wings Over Scotland, found it difficult to understand that Rowling could support Scotland and and not support Scottish independence.

Rowling hit back saying that she knows Scotland is a nation because she has made massive contributions to it unlike her detractors.

One Scottish nationalist tweeted that Rowling was no welcome in Scotland. ‘Have you ever heard the premise of over staying your welcome? Nae whisky here for you.’

The abuse prompted Scottish crime writer Val McDermid and the leader of the Scottish Nationalist Party, Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, to come to Rowling’s support.

Sturgeon warned that hurling abuse would do nothing for their cause of gaining Scottish independence.

 

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