Published: Tue, September 15, 2020

JK Rowling’s new novel about murderous cross-dresser accused of being transphobic

JK Rowling’s new novel about murderous cross-dresser accused of being transphobic

PinkNews also notes past books in the series have depicted trans people as unstable and aggressive citing a character named Pippa who stalked Rowling's main character Strike and at their confrontation, Strike reveals her trans identity, deadnames her, Rowling provides a description of Pippa's Adam's apple and hands, and Stike warns her that prison "won't be fun for you.not pre-op".

The controversy was reignited this week when a Sunday Telegraph review of her latest book, Troubled Blood, said it featured a "transvestite serial killer". I don't know why but there's a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended. "When you throw open the doors of bathrooms and changing rooms to any man who believes or feels he's a woman - and, as I've said, gender confirmation certificates may now be granted without any need for surgery or hormones - then you open the door to any and all men who wish to come inside". Though she denied her views on feminism are transphobic, she doubled down on her controversial standpoints in a lengthy essay shared on her website days later.

Critics accused the author of making a 'conscious choice to demonise trans people, ' among other allegations. I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. "Someone help me out. It isn't hate to speak the truth".

"I'm honestly relieved that JK Rowling has written a 900 page book about a transvestite killer, because it's such a hackneyed, overused, ridiculous trope that it perfectly demonstrates how out of touch with reality she is", wrote podcaster and novelist Cate Spice.

When contacted by The Independent, Rowling's representatives declined to comment.


Watson, 30, followed suit by stating "trans people are who they say they are", as did Grint, 32, when he stated that "trans women are women".

"I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are". Over the years seeing the growth and development finding who they are and becoming their true authentic selves!

Additionally, Eddie Redmayne, star of the Fantastic Beasts movie franchise, told Variety in a statement: "I disagree with Jo's comments".

In 2018, writer Katelyn Burns wrote an essay for them exploring Rowling's history of transphobia, which included a scene in the 2014 Cormoran Strike novel The Silkworm in which the protagonist relishes in taunting a trans woman who tried to murder him with the prospect of going to a man's prison. I would never want to speak on behalf of the community but I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are exhausted of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse. "They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it's time to let them do so".

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