No, your eyes do not deceive you; Warner Bros. has actually come out and backed J.K. Rowling for a change! This comes after Rowling tweeted concern over The Satanic Verses author Salman Rushdie being stabbed in the neck in New York. Here is Rowling’s tweet:
Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok.
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 12, 2022
A Twitter user then replied, “Don’t worry you are next.” Rowling then reported the tweet to Twitter, but Twitter unsurprisingly found it non-threatening and totally within Twitter guidelines.
.@TwitterSupport These are your guidelines, right?
"Violence: You may not threaten violence against an individual or a group of people. We also prohibit the glorification of violence…
"Terrorism/violent extremism: You may not threaten or promote terrorism…" pic.twitter.com/BzM6WopzHa
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 13, 2022
Warner Bros. Discovery, who owns the Wizarding World IP, released this statement following the incident:
This is a vast difference from a few years ago when the Wizarding World ignored all the death and rape threats she was receiving due to her remarks on biology.
I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out. Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women, is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us. 8/X
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 22, 2021
This improved behavior on Warner Brothers’ part is promising. With recent changes occurring at W.B., hopefully entertainment can get back on track.