J.K. Rowling has become a part of a transphobic row yet again. In her latest book, it was revealed that the villain is a male serial killer who dresses as a woman to slay his victims.
Rowling’s upcoming book, Troubled Blood is set to release on September 15. It is under her pseudonym, Robert Galbraith and the book will see a detective work out what happened to missing, GP Margot Bamborough. The detective, Cormoran Strike, fears that the girl became the victim of Dennis Creed. Dennis has been known as the ‘transvestite serial killer’ for murdering his victims while wearing female clothing.
An early review of the book published by The Daily Telegraph sparked an immediate backlash. The review said that the book gives out the message of never trusting a man in a dress. Readers took to Twitter to show their disappointment and rage. #RIPJKRowling is trending in the UK for the views of the book.
Other readers are saying the opposite and suggesting that the book is not transphobic at all. They said that over-reactors should read it before jumping into conclusions. Observer journalist Nick Cohen wrote: “I’ve read the latest Strike novel, and the claim its anti-trans is total sh***.”
He said he cannot explain why he is saying that because that would give away the ending of the book. Nick told readers to trust him and read the book before jumping into conclusions. A Twitter user called Steve replied: “But when you combine it with all the negative stereotyping she’s done about trans women, it shows a clear pattern.”
‘Woke Brigade Is Getting Viciously Intolerant’-Morgan
The user continued and said it is not anti-trans but it does play into the fears that trans women are cis males looking to spy on women. To this, Nick responded asking the user to read the book.
Piers Morgan took to social media and said that making the #RIPJKRowling trend says a lot about the “woke brigade”. He calls the people making it trend, viciously intolerant, and nastier about anyone they speak about.
Back in June, J. K. Rowling retweeted an article titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate,” Rowling wrote. “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure, there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
After a whole lot of criticism, Rowling sent out a few more tweets in her own defense. Clue, a period tracking app tweeted saying, “Hi @jk_rowling, using non-gendered language is about moving beyond the idea that woman = uterus. Feminists were once mocked for wanting to change sexist language, but it’s now common to say firefighter instead of a fireman.”
“What JK Rowling is saying is harmful and dangerous and the trans and non-binary witches and wizards deserve to feel welcomed and loved in the Harry Potter community dammit!!!!” actress Tessa Netting wrote.
Rowling defended herself by clarifying that she has spent the last three years reading books, blogs, and scientific papers by trans people, medics, and gender specialists. She claimed to know exactly what the distinction is. She also told her followers to never assume that because someone thinks differently. “They have no knowledge,” Rowling responded in a since-deleted tweet.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” Rowling continued. “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
Rowling said it’s “nonsense” to think about the idea of her not supporting trans women. “The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women – ie, to male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences – is nonsense.”
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“I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them,” Rowling added in another tweet. “I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”
Radcliffe, who doesn’t have a public presence on social media, wrote a heartfelt response to Rowling’s comments in a blog post for The Trevor Project, a non-profit devoted to suicide prevention among LGBTQ+ youth.
“Transgender women are women,” he wrote. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo (Rowling) or I.”
The ‘Harry Potter’ author publishes a post defending herself in response to the backlash for anti-trans tweets. Following her multiple tweets on the transgender community, J. K. Rowling finally responds in a lengthy post defending herself. The author came under fire, opened up in her new blog post, explaining her comments, and detailing her own experience.
“This isn’t an easy piece to write, for reasons that will shortly become clear, but I know it’s time to explain myself on an issue surrounded by toxicity,” the writer began in a statement posted on her website Wednesday. “I write this without any desire to add to that toxicity.”
She explains that she first began getting criticized after supporting Maya Forstater, a woman who’d lost her job for what was described as “transphobic” tweets. With that, the author explains, she started doing a great amount of research on the topic.
Rowling Receives Accusations And Threats From Trans Activists
Rowling has been under hefty criticism about her thoughts on transgender identity from the LGBTQ community. Eddie Redmayne and Daniel Radcliffe have also been a part of that scrutiny.
“I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it,” she said. The author noted that she has been receiving “accusations and threats from trans activists” on Twitter for years. Including blowback over her support for the researcher Maya Forstater in December.
She appeared to specifically criticize Scottish legislation. That would make it easier for a person to obtain legal recognition of their gender identity, according to the BBC.
Rowling went on to say that while she faces criticism for speaking her mind on the subject. Instead of tweeting “the approved hashtags,” she will not stop speaking out on the current movement.
The LGBTQ organization GLAAD issued a statement in response to Rowling’s essay shortly after it published. “It seems JK is good at only one thing: writing fantasy. Her misinformed and dangerous missive about transgender people flies in the face of medical and psychological experts and devalues trans people accounts of their own lives,” a GLAAD spokesperson told CBS News.
“And to all the trans and cisgender youth raised on her books who are now loudly speaking up in support of the trans people you know and love, you are the future and we can’t wait to read and watch the beautiful art you will create,”GLAAD spokesperson continued.