J. K. Rowling Just Gave This Fox News Contributor A Lesson In Compassion

"Do you sneer at funeral flowers, too?"

In the days immediately following the deadly terror attack in Manchester, England that took nearly two dozen lives, we've heard about countless acts of compassion from within Manchester and beyond.

In the aftermath of the May 22 bombing tributes and vigils took place worldwide as a way to honor the victims, and one such tribute took the form of Paris's famed Eiffel Tower going dark on May 23. 

Per Mashable, Fox News contributor Laura Ingraham apparently took issue with the act of solidarity and let her feelings be known on Twitter, criticizing the action for not "accomplishing" anything.


The reactions on Twitter were mixed, with some agreeing with Ingraham's point and others questioning her apparent lack of empathy. Even  J. K. Rowling weighed in.

In response to Ingraham's controversial tweet, the Harry Potter author offered up a much-needed lesson in compassion.

Rowling has a history of a lack of tolerance for ignorant tweets. In the past she has spoken out online against sexism, racism, homophobia, and more.

Though the point may have been lost on some, acts of solidarity like the Eiffel Tower going dark on Tuesday serve to bring comfort to many who may otherwise feel isolated in the wake of the tragedy.

Do acts of solidarity like this directly combat extremists? No, but that doesn't negate that they serve another purpose — to foster a spirit of unity in the wake of the worst humanity has to offer.

Paris has been on the receiving end of such compassion and kindness at least twice in recent years, so it's comforting to see the city stand with Manchester. 

In January 2015, France's capital city was rocked by the Charlie Hebdo shooting, which took the lives of 12 people and triggered an outpouring of worldwide support. The phrase "Je suis Charlie" (French for "I am Charlie") became a sign of solidarity against the murders, and #jesuischarlie quickly trended at the top of Twitter hashtags worldwide following the attack.

In November of that same year, a series of coordinated attacks carried out by suicide bombers left 130 people dead. In the aftermath of that tragedy French artist Jean Jullien drew the below symbol in support of his home country.


"In all this horror there's something positive that people are coming together in a sense of unity and peace," he told Time in 2015. "The main purpose of the image was to communicate peace and solidarity, and that's exactly what it seems to have done."

And that goal, Rowling suggested, is worthwhile in and of itself.

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