JK Rowling, whose International Women’s Day post was slammed as ‘disgusting,’ is being blasted for a ‘repulsive’ tweet in which she ‘mocked’ a police force’s LGBT outreach efforts near the site of a ‘homophobic’ murder.
It all started when South Wales Police set up an information desk in Cardiff, close to where Dr Gary Jenkins was murdered in July last year, to explain how they tackle anti-LGBT hate crime and promote diversity and inclusion.
The force shared a tweet, saying: “We are in #CardiffCityCentre today promoting the work of our network with officers.
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“CO376 and CO402 [two officers] were grateful to be able to attend Cardiff City Centre today alongside South Wales Police and Civil Society’s Organisations, spending time engaging with our LGBTQ+ communities with a focus on recruitment and hate crime.”
When the force was then accused of ‘virtue signalling,’ they responded: “Supporting our communities is not virtual [sic] signalling and we make no apologies for doing so.”
Poking fun at the typo, Rowling retweeted the response and added: “Virtual signalling. Like virtue signalling, but for people who aren’t really arsed. #VirtualSignalling.”
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The tweet was met with a ton of backlash, with one Twitter user writing: “I assume, then, that you SUPPORT the homophobic crimes that are being responded to here?
“Why else would you make fun of a typo when trans people aren’t even involved?”
“Repulsive, ignorant comment,” added another. “Here we see JK Rowling here attacking South Wales Police LGBT+ Network for community outreach work next to Bute Park – where Dr Gary Jenkins was murdered in a shocking homophobic attack.
“Does the safety of LGBT people not matter to you at all?”
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