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One man has threatened JKR with ‘you’re next’. Guess what? Not a Twitter violation - but there has since been an outcry and I think that man’s account has finally been suspended.

Also, some people being shocked at this but still defending threats against JKR.

Alarmingly, too many people on Twitter saying ‘well, if he hadn’t written something that upset people, this wouldn’t have happened’. You’re allowed to upset people.

[–] bluestocking 29 points Edited

Alarmingly, too many people on Twitter saying ‘well, if he hadn’t written something that upset people, this wouldn’t have happened’. You’re allowed to upset people.

What's most disturbing is that it's not just religious conservatives saying this kind of thing now. It's also people who like to think of themselves as "left" or "progressive" who also think you shouldn't write things that might hurt someone's feelings. As if free speech is only for sanitized texts or things you agree with.

Scary times we live in...

If I ever write a cautionary tale-esque dystopia book, it'll be about a society where hate is banned.

Only certain people’s feelings. If you’re not a member of the sacred caste or happen to have liked the wrong tweet in 2014, prepare the stake!

It is also laughable that the ‘hurty words are literal violence’ crowd are some of the biggest bullies around.

Yes, good point. Whoever is currently considered the protected, most oppressed group, usually. And someone women never fit that.

I don't think (western Christian) religious conservatives ever supported the fatwa against Rushdie? If anything they'd've been using it to argue about the barbarity and godlessness of Islam or something. The only people who would support murdering an author for blaspheming would have been "cultural relativism" lefties, and at the time it was issued the mainstream of those people, and those commenting in print, could still pass as rational. They hadn't gone off the social media/pomo/critical theory deep end yet.

We weren't talking about support for the fatwa. We were talking about people who believe certain things shouldn't be written or published, because they don't personally like them or find them offensive, whether for religious beliefs or other reasons.

Look at all the attempts to ban books over the years, and the majority of them (though not all) tend to come from those on the right and/or religious conservatives. It's never been limited to one side of the political spectrum though, and there are more people who describe themselves as left or liberal are joining in. They just tend to have different reasons to try to ban books and use different approaches than those on the right.

Those injuries are so severe, especially considering his age (75). I can only hope he survives.

Rushdie, author of 14 novels, had been invited to talk about the importance of the US offering asylum for writers and other artists in exile.

Jesus.

All the Islamic fundamentalists like the attacker and anyone supporting him are doing is proving Rushdie right about the importance of free speech.

[–] Gwen 31 points

I hate that our society has come to this. Physical attacks are never an appropriate reaction to words and ideas.

Rushdie is a very talented writer and his thoughts on free speech are so important. I hope he is okay.

[–] [Deleted] 22 points Edited

This is the logical conclusion of the "words are violence, but actual violence isn't violence" mindset that the mainstream media has happily participated in for the last five years.

Just because most people who spend all day on Twitter and Tumblr never leave their house doesn't mean people who speak out against the status quo aren't in danger. It only takes one person who feels emboldened by their bullsh*t. I'd like to imagine this will change their behavior, but it won't.

This is the logical conclusion of the "words are violence, but actual violence isn't violence" mindset that the mainstream media has happily participated in for the last five years.

Its also the result of the blatant double standard the media has. For example, the media would downplay BLM & ANTIFA riots where whole cities were engulfed in chaos and/or fire. Meanwhile, people peacefully protesting the COVID lockdowns because their businesses were going under were treated like terrorists.

They pushed the idea that having certain political ideals means that anything you do is justified if you feel wronged somehow. And then they act surprised when tragedies like this happen

Oh shit. I didn’t know it was that dire. I’m not the praying sort but I hope he can pull through :(

This is so sad/scary. I hope Rushdie pulls through. And I hope Ayaan Hirsi Ali and her family are taking precautions.

One of the things that lead to me falling into the Tea Party back in the day is the left's abandonment of people like Rushdie and their defense of the people who wanted him dead. Its absolutely shameful how they have abandoned the values of free expression for the sake of appearing anti-racist

[–] Ave_Lucifuge 16 points Edited

I'm reading reddit, watching everyone (deservedly) wish the man well despite his previous "transphobic" views. Mind, obviously I agree with his position on children transitioning and his attacker is straight up evil; Rushdie deserves every bit of support and good will. I'm just tired of the hypocrisy, especially when there are already gendies gleeful that JKR was threatened.

But anyway, I'll be praying he's able to make a full recovery. Fundamentalism is a cancer.

If he had them His lecture/speech notes need to be recovered and his speech continued publicly by his supporters. We will send the message that religious terrorism is a FAILURE and will multiply everything you hate. You are powerless in the face of true freedom.

Journalists, writers and celebrities reacted with shock and concern. Horror novelist Stephen King tweeted: “I hope Salman Rushdie is okay.”

Let's see how long it'll be before King wusses out and withdraws his support for Rushdie under pressure like he did for JK Rowling

I’m a huge fan of his writing, as well as his continued advocacy for free speech and dialogue. Really hoping he’ll be okay.

I’m not familiar with his work but I do know he’s a free speech advocate and has been a target in the past. This is awful and I hope he recovers.