J.K. Rowling was ripped on social media Monday upon the release of her new fictional book about a male serial killer disguised as a woman, renewing criticism of the “Harry Potter” author’s earlier remarks about the transgender community.
The premise of “Troubled Blood” — written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith and the fifth installment of Rowling’s “Cormoran Strike” detective series — prompted backlash on social media, with the hashtag RIPJKRowling trending on Twitter.
What a great way to illustrate social media these days.
— Josh Jordan (@NumbersMuncher) September 14, 2020
In Harry Potter terms, JK Rowling has become Cornelius Fudge, unwilling to believe she’s been wrong all this time and doubling down on her transphobia. pic.twitter.com/vwQohwMErD
— Washington Post TikTok Guy (@davejorgenson) September 14, 2020
JK Rowling: “If you don’t believe that men dressing as women in order to hurt them is a huge problem you leave me no choice but to prove my theory by making up a whole book about it.”
— Paul F. Tompkins (@PFTompkins) September 14, 2020
The “Harry Potter” author faced a storm of criticism earlier this year for a tweet she posted questioning the language used on a blog post that referred to “people who menstruate.”
Rowling, 55, has been accused of making transphobic comments on other occasions. In December, she faced backlash after promoting a researcher fired for what a judge called an “absolutist” view of transgender people and gender.
In June, she penned an essay to defend herself while sharing she was a victim of sexual assault as a young woman.
“I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be detransitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility,” she wrote.
Some took to Twitter on Monday to defend Rowling’s right to free speech and expression of thought.
The fact #RIPJKRowling istrending says all you need to know about the woke brigade – they’re nastier & more viciously intolerant than anyone they preach about.
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) September 14, 2020
I guess JK Rowling is finding out just how tolerant the left really is.
They don’t care if you claim to be one of them — if you don’t agree with them 100% of the way on every issue, they will cancel you.
— Brigitte Gabriel (@ACTBrigitte) September 14, 2020