Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling makes a point to speak up against bigotry. She's called out Donald Trump, advocated against Brexit and tweeted snarkily about the female orgasm. Now, she's tackling France's ban on burkinis — a measure seen by many as unfairly targeting Muslim women.
Last week, former French President Nicolas Sarkozy said in an interview that "wearing a burkini is a political act, it's militant, a provocation."
On Thursday, Rowling clapped back with an absolute fire response, tweeting:
Her tweet likely speaks to the outrage felt by many after a photo circulated earlier this week of armed French police forcing a Muslim woman to remove her burkini as she sat on a beach in Nice.
Three French cities recently implemented bans on burkinis, or full-body bathing suits, which are often worn by religious Muslim women.
As Muslim YouTuber Dina Torkia explained in a recent video, banning the burkini while still permitting swim caps and wetsuits isn't a ban on an article of clothing — it's a ban on an identity.