#RIPJKRowling trended on Twitter today, and not because she actually died. That hashtag trended after Twitter found out that her latest book is about a cis man who crossdresses when killing women. I know, such a completely original plot, and since everyone knows how JK (which for me, stands for Jesus KanYouStop) feels about trans people, this feels like she’s spewing out some anti-trans symbolic fuckery. So, no, JK isn’t dead, she’s just killing the nerves of many again.
In an attempt to continue on with her beloved transphobic tirades (sans all those pesky consequences), J.K. Rowling, along with a bunch of other very serious academics and authors, has signed “a letter on justice and open debate” condemning cancel culture. It was published yesterday on the Harper’s Magazine website.
I know that every reality we knew prior to January has completely changed, but a couple people were inching towards 2020 energy back in 2019, like J.K. Rowling. Which is all too bad, because I think we can all agree she was much better when she was suing her former assistant for blowing money on body wash and cats. This current J.K. Rowling has a whole lot to say about trans people, and literally none of it is any good. It’s almost like a crappy, hateful wizard has cursed J.K. with a spell to completely tarnish what remained of her legacy. Well (dramatic wand swirl) Plentificus Transphobious, she’s once again talking trans issues in a pretty problematic way.
Eddie Redmayne Talks About J.K. Rowling’s Anti-Trans Tweets, While J.K. Issues A Response To The Hate She Got
J.K. Rowling continues to have a whole lot to say about trans people on Twitter. And her thoughts have more than one former cast member from the Harry Potter universe publicly calling her out. Personally, I’m waiting for Hagrid to hop on Instagram Live and say the words, “Yer a transphobe, Joanne.” But that hasn’t happened yet. So far we’ve heard from Harry Potter himself, Daniel Radcliffe, and now we’re hearing what Eddie Redmayne thinks about it.
This past weekend, while the world was dominated by news of Black Lives Matter, that dangerous doofus in the White House, and the continuing threat of coronavirus, J.K. Rowling showed her ass on Twitter over a totally different topic. In a series of transphobic tweets, she picked apart the definition of “woman” and “sex”. Who asked? Sigh. No one. Not a soul.
This ain’t J.K.’s first anti-trans tweet rodeo. And she’s yet to respond to the wave of anger she received. But The Boy Who Lived, Harry James Potter (Muggle name: Daniel Radcliffe), felt compelled to respond. In a statement posted to The Trevor Project site (a non-profit focused on the suicide prevention of LGBTQ+ youth that Daniel has worked with for the last decade), he stated that “transgender women are women”.
If I wrote a series of influential, best-selling books and birthed countless iconic literary characters as a result––oh, and made over 1 BILLION DOLLARS in the process––I would buy myself a couple of islands, pack up my shit and you’d probably never hear from me again (hell, if I wrote one book and it sold 12 copies, I still wouldn’t want to talk to people). But not J.K. Rowling.
J.K. has taken a break from throwing piles of money onto the fire in one of her many castles and resurfaced with a few of her trademark messy opinions on transgender people. On the plus side: she’s now probably earned some new fans in the form of those fundamentalist Christians who wanted Harry Potter banned for promoting witchcraft.