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I had a definite fangirl moment yesterday when one of my favorite writers, J.K. Rowling, tweeted in response to my support for her position on free speech and defense of feminism:
You are the comfort I needed x
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 8, 2020
The Internet went wild against Rowling’s nice tweet in response to a nice tweet, incorrectly (unfortunately for me!) assuming we had a prior relationship (we don’t, but I’m totally open to it, just saying).
JK Rowling has some interesting friends pic.twitter.com/PWytf7yUI2
— Tana MAOgeau ☭ 🚩🇬🇹 (@StealYoRedBull) July 8, 2020
That viral tweet contains two screenshots: her tweet exchange with me on the left, and on the right, the screenshot of a headline I wrote three years ago. I followed up with a second column about “How the Angry Left Turned Me Into a Nazi,” describing the phenomenon illustrated above. I explained,
I’m not, obviously, a Nazi. But you wouldn’t know that from my Twitter mentions.
A year ago, I wrote a column for the Forward entitled, “We Need to Start Befriending Neo-Nazis.” Over the course of the year, the headline has been screenshot and tweeted by actors with millions of followers, influential progressives like cartoonist Eli Valley and former Al Jazeera editor David Klion. Their intention wasn’t to spark a conversation about the content of my column, but to paint me as a Nazi-loving member of the alt-right.
The bad faith involved in this campaign is shocking. Far from a piece endorsing Nazism, my piece recounted the story of three individuals, two Jewish and one black, who were able to make neo-Nazis change their ways by responding to their terrible bigotry with kindness.
Of course, I acknowledged that this work is not easy, but also that “the only way we’re going to get our country back is to change minds.”
For this, I’ve been compared to a Nazi over and over again. The insinuation is always the same: For suggesting that instead of beating up Nazis, we try to change their minds, I am complicit in their despicable, hate-filled ideology.
The bad faith smear campaign against me for the last three years about these columns is the same campaign being waged against J.K. Rowling and her stance on feminism, transgender issues, and her signature on a letter supporting free speech that appeared in Harper’s. Her words have been taken, twisted, and completely turned on their heads.
1./ Yesterday @jk_rowling expressed concern -again- over the rush to medicalise gay teens. Her concern is consistently misrepresented as "transphobic". If you're confused here's my beginner's guide to the 'gender identity' war and why JK is right.👇https://t.co/fvYt0KyOmZ
— Malcolm Clark (@TwisterFilm) July 6, 2020
This is how Rowling’s critics on the Left operate: utterly in bad faith and with malice that completely invalidates any criticism they may have about her positions. They are self-destructive; once you see the level of bad faith of these attacks, they cannot for a moment be taken on their merits.Published in