On August 31, writer JK Rowling announced her new novel ‘The Ink Black Heart’, which will be the sixth in the Cormoran Strike series. She has been writing this series under the pseudonym of Robert Galbraith, a name that has been connected with a child torturer and a conversion therapist.
The book is about a transphobic character who gets murdered for “having opinions” that invalidate an entire community’s existence. Many observers noted that the plot of the book is identical to Rowling’s experience of losing fans and being criticised whenever she has expressed her transphobic views.
Jessie Earl wrote that she could not get over how JK Rowling is pretending to be a man to write a transphobic book, while throwing herself a pity party after she had said hateful and abusive things about transgender women.
Still can’t get over JK Rowling is actually pretending to be a man to write a book to throws herself a pity party for having shouted hate and abuse at trans women and saying they’re men pretending to be women.— Jessie Earl (@jessiegender) September 1, 2022
One user tweeted that it is no longer ethical to consume or monetarily support any of JK Rowling’s works. He said there is no neutral territory that exists anymore.
It is no longer ethical to consume or monetarily support any of JK Rowling’s works. I don’t care about “death of the author.” I don’t care if you’re purchasing used books. I don’t care if your kid wants a Harry Potter birthday party. There is no more ~neutral territory~ here— Lindz “PRE-ORDER RAINBOW PARENTING” Amer (@lindzamer) August 30, 2022
Another user said there was no way JK Rowling picked the name ‘Robert Galbraith’, the name of an infamous conversion therapist and child torturer, ‘by accident’.
There is no way JK Rowling picked the name "Robert Galbraith," the name of an infamous conversion therapist and child torturer, by accident.— VƎX (@vexwerewolf) August 31, 2022
A person on Twitter reminded everyone that Rowling a had been disgustingly fatphobic towards children, which was quite evident in the Harry Potter series.
Since JK Rowling is being talked about again— Mean Fat Girl- 🏳️🌈💄 (@Artists_Ali) August 30, 2022
This is a reminder that she was disgustingly fatphobic towards children
from the absolute beginning of the Harry Potter series
And that was never okay
Another person pointed out that JK Rowling wrote a book about how she gets targeted by people, who don’t tolerate her bigotry, under a name she potentially borrowed from a man who invented anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy.
JK Rowling writing a book about how she gets targeted by people who don't tolerate her bigotry under the pen name she borrowed from the man who invented anti-LGBTQ conversion therapy, really should put it into perspective for anybody who continues to support her work. https://t.co/E90iSobTS4— :⭐: ＤＵＣＨＥＳＳ :⭐: (@OneVagueMemory) August 28, 2022
Another user wrote that Rowling must get over her pity party and stop crying over the fact that nobody publishes a female author.
What gets me about JK Rowling's pity party over "waaa nobody will publish a female author" is that there are tons of authors who predate her who didn't use aliases or hide behind a lack of a bio pic who were published within fantasy and mystery. Turns out she just sucks and— Mystical Creature (@MintPossum) August 30, 2022
Another Twitter user trolled the author by saying that she has not only victimised herself in the new novel, but also gone after fat people and people with POTS (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) and Fibromyalgia. The tweet further read, “She acts like she’s been crucified, we get it. You hate sick people and transgenders.”
I love that Jk Rowling is not only victimizing herself in her new book, but also going after fat people and people with POTS and Fibromyalgia this time. How can so much hate exist in one person? She acts like she’s been crucified. We get it. You hate sick and trans ppl. Yawn.— Sgt Spank (@sgtspank) August 31, 2022
Erin Reed wrote, “JK Rowling wrote a 1,024-page book about a transphobe harassed on the internet after a couple of trans people stood at the gates of her castle.” She pointed out that in reality, transgender people are the ones who are actually being targeted, doxxed, swatted, and chased around the world from a TERF-supported site (TERF - trans-exclusionary radical feminist).
JK Rowling literally wrote a 1,024 page book about a transphobe harassed on the internet after a couple of trans people stood at the gates of her castle.— Erin Reed (@ErinInTheMorn) September 1, 2022
Meanwhile, actual trans people are being targeted, swatted, doxxed, and chased around the world from a TERF-supported site! pic.twitter.com/7xg5HOGFFc
JK Rowling’s Transphobic Comments
In the past, the author has been trolled multiple times over putting out transphobic tweets. On International Women’s Day this year, she criticised the Gender Recognition Reform Bill of Scotland that aimed at making it easier for people to change their gender.
She wrote, “Apparently, under a Labour government, today will become We Who Must Not Be Named Day.”
Apparently, under a Labour government, today will become We Who Must Not Be Named Day.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 8, 2022
This was just one instance out of many when the author has been called out by the LGTBQ+ community and its allies.
When an influential person in such a position as hers openly tweets vitriolic words and throws them at a community that has been marginalised and wronged for so long, it provokes transphobes and homophobes to be more hostile towards an already targeted minority group. As a society, we need to do better.
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