‘Harry Potter’ writer JK Rowling has received a public threat after condemning the attack on British author Salman Rushdie.
The big picture: Several authors have weighed in on the attack on Rushdie, decrying any violence against authors and writers.
Driving the news: Rowling said the attack on Rushdie – who was stabbed at an event in New York on Friday afternoon and remains hospitalized – was “horrifying”.
- “I feel very sick right now. May he be well,” she wrote.
- “Don’t worry, you’re next,” replied a user by the name of Meer Asif Aziz, who was described as “a student, social activist, political activist and research activist” in his biography. on Twitter, by Deadline.
- Rowling asked Twitter support to help. She said later the police were involved.
State of play: Other popular authors have weighed in on the attack on Rushdie.
- Stephen King said he hoped Rushdie was “doing well”. he later tweeted“What kind of hat stabs a writer, anyway? F-er!”
- James Patterson tweeted that he was “shocked” and “deeply saddened by the continued acts of violence in the world today. Tragic events like these are all too common these days.”
- Ian McEwanthe Booker Prize-winning author, said the “appalling attack” on Rushdie “represents an attack on freedom of thought and expression”, The Guardian reports.
- Margaret Atwoodauthor of “The Handmaid’s Tale,” retweeted a number of posts about Rushdie.
- Taslima Nasrinea writer on the oppression of women, said she thought “the man who wanted to kill Rushdie for writing satanic verses didn’t read satanic verses. I think the Islamists who want to kill me for writing satanic verses wrote books haven’t read any of my books.”
- PEN Internationalan association of writers, said, “No one should be targeted, let alone attacked, for peacefully expressing their views.”