The internet has been hard lately. Over the past week, every bit of news appears to be proving the idea that, to paraphrase the punchline of a New Yorker cartoon, staying well-informed is the antithesis of self-care. There was the executive order this past weekend that barred citizens from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Yemen, Somalia, Libya, and Sudan from entering the United States, which prompted a wave of outrage and protests throughout the country. The immediate firing of acting Attorney General Sally Yates for disobeying this order. The confirmation of Betsy DeVos by the Senate for the role of Education Secretary. But you know what has made the internet slightly more bearable lately? J.K. Rowling’s very excellent Twitter account. Rowling’s Twitter presence has always been objectively great, but lately, she seems to have devoted it solely to speaking out against the recent injustices that have been occurring–and, most notably, calling out people who get in her mentions and try to argue with her.
Obviously, the world will not be saved by a few incendiary tweets from a wealthy author with 9.23 million Twitter followers, who is, for whatever reason, of the habit of checking her mentions regularly, just as it will not be saved by people asserting that Trump is actually, like, Voldemort or something. (Not impossible to argue, but also not particularly helpful. In my opinion!) Still, it is nice to see someone who wields a lot of influence actually using it without fear of retribution (ahem, Taylor Swift, etc.), and, of course, it is soothing to see random Twitter Eggs get roasted by one of the most successful authors of all time. So, check out these tweets from JK Rowling that might just inspire you to get through the year, and, hopefully, take some action yourself:
1. I can’t stop laughing at this one!! It’s so aggressive!
2. Jo is such a wise teacher. I love art history!
3. And linguistics!
4. And geography!
5. And English!
6. And theology!
7. But, most of all, I love sex education!
(I would call this “punching down,” but a cursory scan of this guy’s Twitter account shows that one of his passions is denying that the Holocaust ever happened. So, punch away, Jo.)
8. Jo is so kind:
9. Oh. Cool!
10. Also cool?
11. A comedic break:
13. …no comment…
14. Put this on my tombstone:
15. J.K. Rowling is so good at this, I think, because she understands the importance of a screenshot. So many of these tweets would be lost to antiquity if not for her instinct to immortalize them forever!
17. A beautiful sentiment:
What do you think of these tweets? Which one is your favorite? Let us know in the comments!