JK Rowling has found herself in a new Twitter storm following the release of her new book "Troubled Blood" . #ripjkrowling is now trending.
JK Rowling has found herself in a new Twitter storm following the release of her new book “Troubled Blood” . #ripjkrowling is now trending following the backlash.
Fresh Twitter controversy for JK Rowling’s new book
The Harry Potter author has received criticism for her latest book after it was reported by Jake Kerridge of The Times to feature a “transvestite serial killer” who kills women. JK Rowling has previously been accused of transphobia, an allegation which she strenuosly denies.
The latest instalment in her Strike detective series “Troubled Blood” was released on September 15 under Rowling’s pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Kerridge says in his report: “One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.”
The initial wave of controversy started when JK Rowling came when she replied to an article which used the words “people who menstruate” tweeting “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”.
The author defended her comments writing on her blog: “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.” In that same blog post, the author wrote about her experiences as a victim of domestic sexual abuse and argued that her stance was to protect women rather than attack the trans community.