Harry Potter author JK Rowling has tweeted a broadside at Express proprietor Richard Desmond following a front-page story lambasting the BBC over a decision to film Songs of Praise from a migrant camp outside Calais.
Under the headline ‘This is how the BBC is spending your money’, the paper described the makeshift camp as a ‘lawless migrant ghetto’ and included a comment from UKIP leader Nigel Farage who branded the decision behind the unconventional location as ‘overtly political’.
In response Rowling tweeted: “Newspaper owned by man who got rich peddling pornography condemns the BBC for filming migrants singing hymns,” in a post which has been retweeted over 8,000 times.
Newspaper owned by man who got rich peddling pornography condemns the BBC for filming migrants singing hymns. pic.twitter.com/SajRjwJ9EB
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) August 11, 2015
Desmond has sought to shed his reputation as a porn baron since starting his business empire in the adult publishing industry with titles such as Asian Babes and Reader’s Wives – a pattern which continues today with Desmond owning the Television X and Red Hot television channels.
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