Despite disappointing so many of her loyal fans, JK Rowling remains intent on peddling a harmful transphobic agenda via social media. Today, she tried to get fellow author Stephen King on side – and failed miserably.
Hear all about the JK Rowling drama below:
In a recent tweet, Rowling quoted feminist activist and writer Andrea Dworkin in a post that read, “Andrea Dworkin wrote: ‘Men often react to women’s words – speaking and writing – as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.’”
“It isn’t hateful for women [to] speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so,” she added.
Even though the tweet was part of a larger nine-part thread, author Stephen King retweeted it – leading JK Rowling to believe he supported her anti-trans views.
In response, she tweeted, “I’ve always revered @StephenKing, but today my love reached – maybe not Annie Wilkes levels – but new heights. It’s so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen.”
King’s endorsement obviously took his followers by surprise, who quickly questioned him on it. One Twitter user told the author, “You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women.”
Stephen King simply responded, “Yes. Trans women are women” and moments later, Rowling withdrew her praise for the author by swiftly deleting her tweet that thanked him.
Rowling may not have the support of Stephen King – or many other people, for that matter – but that hasn’t stopped her from doubling down on the transphobia. It’s hard to know how or when JK Rowling will realise how harmful her comments are – particularly to her young audience of readers, but we can only hope the messages from her peers will get through eventually.
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