J.K. Rowling falsely declared dead by Twitter amid backlash to book

Carla Harmon
September 15, 2020

Quoting a Telegraph review of the novel, one Twitter user wrote: "'The meat of the book is the investigation into a cold case: "the disappearance of GP Margot Bamborough in 1974, thought to have been a victim of Dennis Creed, a transvestite serial killer.' Transphobic Silence of the Lambs tropes! People who are trans already face loads of discrimination from people about what bathrooms they use and they probably don't need the world fearing they might be dressing in clothes to help them be a serial killer.

Coltrane, 70, is one of the only "Harry Potter" stars to defend Rowling's comments with leading actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, as well as "Fantastic Beasts" star Eddie Redmayne, all condemning her views.

Rowling has been embroiled in a very heated public feud with transgender activists over her comments defending "natal girls and women", a phrase meant to refer to people who were born female, as opposed to transgender women.

She concluded, "I respect every trans person's right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them".

Rowling took to Twitter earlier this year to air her views, which many branded "anti-trans", and Nixon has spoken of the impact her comments have had.

"If I could go back in time, I'd do my best to stop the holocaust and stuff but also I'd tell everyone what an a**hole JK Rowling turned out to be", replied songwriter Grey DeLisle-Griffin.

After her tweet was condemned as transphobic, Rowling doubled down, tweeting, "If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction". I think in some ways - I don't know, I don't know what it's like. I think that must be - but having known this child, this seems like it was really coming. I'd march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.

Rowling then wrote an essay about her beliefs on her website, claiming she's supportive of the trans community and has been the victim of harassment - but again reiterated her disagreement with transgender identity. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. If I wasn't trans I suspect I would too.

"Many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their best interests", she insisted.

In news that really isn't that surprising anymore, Harry Potter author J.K Rowling is evolving from transphobic tweets to a full-blown transphobic novel, apparently.

The reaction to the plot has been fierce on social media, with many activists crying out against Troubled Blood.

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