We are deeply saddened to report that J.K. Rowling is being a big TERF online again.
In a post on X (formerly Twitter), the Harry Potter author shared a photo that had the words “repeat after us: trans women are women” projected on a wall. She simply captioned it, “No.”
Given Rowling’s prior outspoken stance against transgender women, this tweet comes as no surprise. In former anti-trans posts, she said, “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. 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.”
However, her hateful anti-trans rhetoric did not stop there. One user replied to her initial tweet: “Vote Labour, get a two year stretch.” The comment appeared to allude to Labour politician Anneliese Dodds’ recent statement that a Labour Party-led government would impose stricter penalties for anti-LGBTQ+ hate crimes.
Rowling replied she would “happily do two years [in prison] if the alternative is compelled speech and forced denial of the reality and importance of sex.”
“Bring on the court case, I say,” she added. “It’ll be more fun than I’ve ever had on a red carpet.”
If we could suggest an alternative, just don’t commit hate crimes against the LGBTQ+ community. Then, no one has to go to jail.
Stars Who Have Spoken Out Against Rowling
The fantasy writer first stirred backlash in 2020 when she shared a series of transphobic comments on Twitter. Since then, Rowling has continued to use her platform to spread anti-trans misinformation, causing many fans to dissociate from the author or the franchise entirely.
Following Rowling’s actions, actor Daniel Radcliffe apologized for the “pain these comments have caused you” and declared “transgender women are women.”
“I realize that certain press outlets will probably want to paint this as in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now,” Radcliffe wrote in his article published on The Trevor Project.
“Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I… It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.”
Fellow co-stars Rupert Grint and Emma Watson have also made statements in response to Rowling. However, the author continues to spread her hateful comments online and stir up backlash.
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