J.K. Rowling Succinctly Responds To Man Who Says We Should Just Stop Listening To Online Abuse

If only it were that easy.

Louis C.K. has a famous bit about his white maleness: "I've got a lot going for me. I'm healthy, I'm relatively young, I'm white — which, thank God for that shit... That is a huge leg up, are you kidding me? I'm not saying that white people are better, I'm saying that being white is clearly better. Who could even argue?"

It's painfully funny, if only because in so many ways the painful truth. Sexism, racism, homophobia (and the list goes on) — these are issues that straight white men don't have to deal with the way minorities have had to for, well, all of history. 

Society's ills translate particularly viscerally on the internet. Minorities are often the victims of horrifying online abuse (see: women, Jews, Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones, a black woman). And like many other issues, because many white men don't have the misfortune of experiencing this abuse firsthand, they often dismiss it: Ignore it, accept it — that's just the way things are. 

But many are pushing back against this victim blaming, among them author J.K. Rowling, who has never shied away from expressing her views


In one tweet, Rowling took down the premise that people should just put up or shut up about online abuse.

Similar to sexual harassment and rape, the premise that people should simply accept how things are places the onus of abuse on the victim, not the perpetrator, effectively excusing the latter's behavior. 

Rowling then tweeted a quote from John Oliver about white male privilege in what is probably the social media equivalent to a mic drop.

Touché, Rowling. Touché.


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