J.K. Rowling gives a message of tolerance as she picks up her PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award. Rough Cut (no reporter narration)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling received the PEN/Allen Foundation Literary Service Award in New York and used her acceptance speech to deliver a message of free speech and tolerance. The English author used U.S. Presidential candidate Donald Trump to make her point. "Last year we saw an online petition to ban Donald Trump from entry to the U.K. It garnered half a million signatures. I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted. But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there," said the author. Rowling is responsible for the Harry Potter series which has been published in 79 languages, over 200 territories and spawned eight films and three theme parks. Actress Sarah Jessica Parker presented her with the award and credited her with changing the landscape of children's literature forever, and for the better. Also honored at the PEN America's Annual Literary Gala & Free Expression Awards was jailed Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji.