RIP JK Rowling: Author faces backlash over new book, here's why

Brenda Watkins
September 15, 2020

Another said: "For someone who has said she "loves" and "supports" trans people, perhaps she should support them by avoiding deeply harmful tropes about our community". Though she denied her views on feminism are transphobic, she doubled down on her controversial standpoints in a lengthy essay shared on her website days later.

Rupert Grint issued a statement in response to Rowling's 3,600-word essay, according to U.K.'s The Sunday Times, saying: "I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers".

The backlash comes in the wake of a trans row that has been raging since June, when Rowling mocked a headline that included the inclusive phrasing "people who menstruate". "Someone help me out".

J.K. Rowling's newest novel Troubled Blood, part of her Cormoran Strike crime novel series published under a male alias, centres on a cis-gendered male serial killer who dresses as a woman. "Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" she wrote. "Meanwhile over in the real world the number of trans people killed in Brazil has risen by 70 per cent this past year, young trans women are left to burn in cars and men who kill us (for being trans) are pardoned and sent home". "It isn't hate to speak the truth". I'd march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. Honestly, I believe it.

Rowling has been attacked as a "TERF", an acronym that transgender activists use to insult women who argue that some transgender rights will make women less safe.

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"But endlessly unpleasant as its constant targeting of me has been, 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".

"Former X Factor stars Jedward, real names John and Edward Grimes, have now become the latest high profile figures to criticise Rowling for the comments, writing on Twitter: "#TransRightsAreHumanRights Understanding is the first step to acceptance @jk-rowling and only with acceptance can there be recovery. I stand alongside the courageous women and men, gay, straight and trans, who're standing up for freedom of speech and thought, and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay kids, fragile teenagers, and women who're reliant on and wish to retain their single sex spaces. The meme jokingly announced that other celebrities-from Emma Watson to Lady Gaga-"wrote the entire Harry Potter series".

They also tweeted: "We couldn't be more proud of our fans!"

Rowling has yet to respond to the controversy around "Troubled Blood".

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