Salman Rushdie is the author of the infamous book “The Satanic Verses” which was published back in 1988. The majority of the Muslims called the book blasphemy and the author had to live life as if in hiding with a red notice on the author’s head since 1989. The author was recently stabbed 10 to 15 times by one of the fanatics. J.K. Rowling supported the author for his freedom of speech but she received a death threat on Twitter for her attempted support.
“Don’t Worry, You Are Next” a person’s reply to J.K. Rowling
Horrified and shocked by the attack on Salman Rushdie, the author of the Harry Potter novels J.K. Rowling tweeted out in support of the author.
Taking to Twitter, J.K. Rowling wrote
“Feeling very sick right now. Let him be ok”.
The tweet received tons of likes and support however, the billionaire author also received a death threat for her courage.
In a now-deleted tweet, a Twitter user tweeted her with the words
“Don’t Worry, You Are Next”
The author immediately tagged Twitter Support and the tweet was taken down along with the police involved.
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To all sending supportive messages: thank you 💕
Police are involved (were already involved on other threats).
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 13, 2022
Warner Bros. Discovery quickly took notice of the event and rushed to stand with the author along with the following statement:
“Warner Bros. Discovery strongly condemns the threats made against JK Rowling. We stand with her and all the authors, storytellers, and creators who bravely express their creativity and opinions. WBD believes in freedom of expression, peaceful discourse, and supporting those who offer their views in the public arena.
The entertainment giant continued
“Our thoughts are with Sir Salman Rushdie and his family following the senseless act of violence in New York. The company strongly condemns any form of threat, violence or intimidation when opinions, beliefs, and thoughts might differ.”
The pre-planned attack on Salman Rushdie
Pressurized into forceful hiding, it was Iran’s Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini who issued a fatwa or an edict to kill the author for his blasphemous words. The fatwa was announced in 1989 and since then, the writer had been living in a hiding-like condition. After 33 years, the author was stabbed 10-15 times with severe nerve damage to his arm and eyes. Salman Rushdie is currently off the ventilator and is in talking condition.
The accused Hadi Matar has been charged with assault and attempted murder but he has pleaded “not guilty”. Several people rushed to support the author invoking the “freedom of speech” expression. The accused is due for a trial with a non-bailable condition to appear due this Friday.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter