Pete Davidson Calls Out JK Rowling for Being Transphobic It is not exactly news that J.K Rowling has been quite vocal about her transphobic opinions, much to the disappointment of fans around the world. The controversy started around June, when Rowling retweeted an article discussing menstrual hygiene products, mocking its use of the phrase “people who menstruate”. ‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate https://t.co/cVpZxG7gaA — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020 Undeterred by the criticism she received in response, she went on: 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. It isn’t hate to speak the truth. — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020 She has since made other, increasingly problematic comments online, including a thread saying that “we’re on the brink of a medical scandal” and most recently, the author shared a link on Twitter to a shop selling anti-transgender items, including badges that say “F**k your pronouns” and “Notorious Transphobe”. Earlier this year, Rowling also wrote a personal essay trying to explain her stance on transgender rights. In it she expressed her belief that certain demands by transgender activists present a danger to cis-women. The essay, which some critics called a “transphobic manifesto” earned her considerable backlash online. To make matters worse, last month Rowling released the latest book in her “Cormoran Strike” series. The novel, called “Troubled Blood” is a mystery where (spoiler alert) the murderer is a cis-man who dresses up as a woman in order to kill his victims. Given Rowling’s history, people picked up on the transphobia behind the theme pretty quickly. The novel’s release therefore renewed the controversy surrounding the author, and the hashtag #RIPJKRowling started trending on twitter, with many comments saying that Rowling may still be alive but her career is most likely dead. in memory of jk rowling. she ain’t dead, but she killed her own career by proudly hating trans people & no one would really miss her that much anyway #ripjkrowling pic.twitter.com/H6akxK0cVv — patback (@memeforhire) September 14, 2020 JK Rowling: Continues being an unapologetic TERF Me: Hopelessly praying that it will soon be revealed that Rowling did not write Harry Potter and in fact Gilderoy Lockharted the work of another writer who is actually a good person so I can enjoy my fav books again #RIPJKRowling pic.twitter.com/PLXfHGPSRu — Tuğçe Gizem Çelik (@gzemcelik) September 14, 2020 Rowling’s hateful comments online also started a trend of pretending that the Harry Potter series had no author, or no one knew who had written it, so that people could enjoy the beloved novels without guilt or without associating it with the writer. Various celebrities have since spoken out against Rowling’s transphobic tweets. Most noticeably Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, who played the main characters in the Harry Potter movies, expressed their support for the trans community. Daniel Radcliffe wrote: “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.” Rupert told the Times :“I firmly stand with the trans community. Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment.” and Emma Watson tweeted “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.” Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are. — Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020 Most recently, Pete Davidson called her out in an SNL’s “Weekend Update” segment. You can check it out here [embedded content] Davidson echoed a lot of the author’s fans’ (or former fans) feelings about the controversy when he said he was “hurt” by her comments, which he called “very disappointing”. The comedian added “I long for a few years ago, when the worst things she did were those Fantastic Beasts movies. No discrimination there, they harmed us all equally.” Davidson also joked that he’s never getting another tattoo. He explains that he got a Harry Potter tattoo “because, you know I’m not psychic, I didn’t know J.K Rowling was going to go all Mel Gibson on us!” The comedian also pointed out how Rowling’s views on trans rights don’t make sense given she is not only a fiction writer, she has authored a series of popular fantasy novels filled with magic and mystical beings. “What’s wrong with her? She creates a seven-book fantasy series about all types of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves and the one thing she can’t wrap her head around is Laverne Cox?” Davidson joked.
Despite the insane amount of backlash she gets every time, JK Rowling has again done something to get her called transphobic. This time, Rowling promoted a shop, Wild Womyn Workshop, on her Twitter. The shirt she wears seems innocent enough, but a deeper look at the store’s products reveal a much darker truth. This incident seems to be the last straw for Gigi Gorgeous, who said that “Harry Potter” now means “nothing” to her. Sometimes a T-shirt just speaks to you… (From https://t.co/hhOu3fO1rg, in case you know a witch who'd like one ?) pic.twitter.com/T4E9OCMCMI — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 22, 2020 Wild Womyn Workshop sells quite a few explicitly anti-trans items. These items include stickers with explicitly anti-trans messages like “trans-ideology erases women” and pins that read “transactivism is misogyny.” Though Rowling did not feature any of these items, it’s hard to give her the benefit of the doubt. Rowling has repeatedly spoken up against the transgender community, constantly invalidating their experiences and identites. Earlier this month, “RIPJKRowling” was trending on Twitter due to the transphobic undertones of her new novel. She didn’t actually die, but she is dead to many people at this point. jk rowling is promoting a store that sells these…. disgusting behavior pic.twitter.com/qlmppM0495 — ? (@swiftdestroyme6) September 24, 2020 Fans are once again hurt about these comments, but they are no longer surprised. They are just disappointed. One TikToker made a TikTok further explaining the severity of this situation. Referencing Rowling’s villain in the “Harry Potter” series, Tim said, “She who shall not be named is getting a little dangerous.” Tim continued, “JK Rowling is not an ally! You cannot pick and choose which members of the community you want to be an ally for.” Hi JK Rowling is DANGEROUS and will be placed on administrative leave until further notice pic.twitter.com/jQPOUkjwzG — Tim Beeckman Davis (@GleefullyTim) September 25, 2020 Gigi Gorgeous is also speaking up. She is a transgender YouTuber, socialite, actress, and model. She spoke out against Rowling in a recent clip shared by TMZ. She said, “Harry Potter meant something to me earlier, and now it means nothing to me… J.K. Rowling is an iconic author… but in my eyes now she’s dead because she doesn’t honor my community and people that I call brothers and sisters.” As expected, Twitter also had a lot to say about this new JK Rowling incident. One user summed up his feelings very succinctly, tweeting “JK Rowling is EVIL.” Another tweet shows a picture of a license plate with the letters LGB. The caption, originally in Spanish, translates to “JK Rowling’s car.” jk Rowling is EVIL — syd (@punker_irl) September 24, 2020 El coche de JK Rolling. pic.twitter.com/X5ElXkctuW — DavidStark?️????? (@DavidStark29) September 23, 2020 One Twitter bot account posted a graphic explaining frustration with Rowling. The caption reads, “JK Rowling can go roll off a mountain kthanks.” [TW: terf nonsense] JK Rowling can go roll off a mountain kthanks https://t.co/F7rdbf85jl pic.twitter.com/zSpCY6jpv4 — traaaaaaannnnnnnnnns (@traabot) September 25, 2020 One Twitter user wrote a little poem with help from “The Good Place.” The tweet reads, “Roses are red #JKRowling is a TERF If she keeps tweeting” before showing a picture of Maya Rudloph’s character from “The Good Place.” The picture shows Rudolph dancing and has a caption at the bottom that says “Gonna erase the Earth erase the Earth.” Roses are red#JKRowling is a TERFIf she keeps tweeting pic.twitter.com/ZnMmorMVjK — Laishah (@alves_vascon) September 24, 2020 Some fans are still finding themselves surprised over Rowling’s transphobia, saying stuff like “JK Rowling isn’t even trying to hide her hatred of trans people anymore i- i’m in shock.” jk rowling isn’t even trying to hide her hatred of trans people anymore i- i’m in shock pic.twitter.com/oWq3AvOO0r — koby ⎊ black lives matter (@Kobyyy77) September 24, 2020 But not all are against Rowling. Though she gets a lot of backlash each time she posts something transphobic, she also always gets a lot of support. Belinda de Lucy, former member of the EU Parliament and Brexit supporter, wrote, “Thank you for everything. You had the courage to protect the most vulnerable of women and girls when so many Feminists had deserted them. Despite all the abuse you held firm. You are a true inspiration to my four daughters.” Thank you for everything. You had the courage to protect the most vulnerable of women and girls when so many Feminists had deserted them. Despite all the abuse you held firm. You are a true inspiration to my four daughters. — Belinda de Lucy (@BelindadeLucy) September 22, 2020 A different user took to mocking the people hating on JK Rowling, writing “what will jk rowling do if unpopular authors stop referencing harry potter in books no one ever reads.” The tweet also includes a shocked, gasping face emoji at the end. Below the caption are four pictures of authors commenting on a tweet from Phil Stamper, saying that they wrote Rowling or “Harry Potter” out of their books. what will jk rowling do if unpopular authors stop referencing harry potter in books no one ever reads? pic.twitter.com/CyhmQCMYlU — claireopatra ?? (@claireopatraaa) September 24, 2020 Surprisingly, despite early negative reviews, Rowling’s new novel “Troubled Blood” is selling well. Yes, the one with transphobic undertones that started a whole trending hashtag. According to a Daily Mail article, “Troubled Blood” sold over 60,000 copies in just five days and has risen to the top of the book charts. Perhaps her legacy is too strong and she can never feel the effect of “cancel culture” or maybe there are just enough readers who agree with her message. Either way, her book sold fantastically well even after a hashtag explaining why she was transphobic trended. Guess there really is no such thing as bad press for Rowling.
Though the “#RipJKRowling” hashtag might suggest otherwise, JK Rowling isn’t actually dead. Her career, though, is basically over. This hashtag started trending on Twitter after details about Rowling’s next book were released. In a totally unsurprising twist, it sounds super transphobic. tw transphobia //every day is a good day to stop giving jk rowling even one precious cent of your money, but ESPECIALLY in light of her moving her violent transphobia out of the subtext of her books and into the text https://t.co/x6fHEjPCzK — casey mcquiston ⚡️ preorder ONE LAST STOP (@casey_mcquiston) September 14, 2020 British publication The Telegraph released a review of her new novel “Troubled Blood” on September 13. Spoiler alert: they said the book was bad. The news about the plot of “Troubled Blood” didn’t go viral until “Pink News” covered the story on September 14th. The book is about a cis male murderer with a nasty way of catching victims. He lures them into safety by dressing up as a woman. If anyone else wrote this, fans might be interested. This plot coming from Rowling, who has openly hated transgender people and invalidates trans women every chance she gets, is a huge blow. If she didn't have a history of anti-trans bigotry, this could be an interesting premise for a series of well-done adult novels. Hopefully a serious author would consider the real serious implications of such a tale. But since she does, it likely won't be any of those things. — Catherine ~The Witch of Batuu~ (@CatherineKiwi1) September 14, 2020 Rowling has effectively turned a significant part of both her fanbase and the book community against her. Not only are Twitter users and ex-fans slamming her, but so are famous bestselling authors. Aiden Thomas, a trans author, tweeted that he was “absolutely DISGUSTED by JKR and Hachette.” Earlier this week, Thomas hit the “New York Times Bestseller List” for his novel about trans men. Also angry was Casey McQuiston, writing, “every day is a good day to stop giving JK Rowling even one precious cent of your money.” i am absolutely DISGUSTED by JKR and Hachette. i am filled with rage and hate. she is pushing narratives that get trans folks discriminated against, brutalized and murdered. this is an aggressive act of violence against the trans community. — Aiden Thomas ?? CEMETERY BOYS is out now! (@aidenschmaiden) September 14, 2020 In response to today’s comments, Twitter users started “#RipJKRowling.” This hashtag became a snarky way for Twitter users to show that Rowling was essentially “dead” to them. Many also used it to celebrate the death of her reputation and her book sales. The tag got so popular so quickly, that Twitter had to clarify that, no, she isn’t actually dead. for me it's how twitter had to specify that she's actually alive AHAHAHAHAHA #RIPJKRowling pic.twitter.com/MkWWyXpDof — ?️Lily, Fluffy Spider Wife?️ BLM (@SapphoMode) September 14, 2020 tw // food rare footage of me attending jk rowling's funeral. it was a fun celebration! heven gained another angle though ?? #RIPJKRowlingpic.twitter.com/dR80Cjfgfv — eleanor says gn (@msprobellematic) September 14, 2020 Rowling has been hit with hate after making transphobic comments in the past. This has been going for years now. Trans people, especially trans women, were shocked and hurt by Rowling’s blatant trans-exclusionary radical feminism. Though it was what she practiced, Rowling took great offense to that term. In 2020 alone, Rowling seems to constantly tweet, retweet, or like a transphobic post. Earlier this year, Rowling wrote an open letter to the Internet to address the comments being made about her transphobia. Instead of an apology, Rowling actually made things worse for herself but defending her offensive comments. In June, Rowling posted an extremely long letter on her website explaining why she was so against transgender people. In her article, she claimed to have struggles with her own gender identity issues, but grew out of them. She states that this is a common response. “I want to be very clear here: I know transition will be a solution for some gender dysphoric people, although I’m also aware through extensive research that studies have consistently shown that between 60-90% of gender dysphoric teens will grow out of their dysphoria.” As expected, many people did not like this letter. she’s not dead or anything, but even tom riddle is more alive than her career and reputation ?#RIPJKRowling pic.twitter.com/3LnLLI0QI1 — fer is looking for hp moots (@70sDRACO_) September 14, 2020 Later, in early July, Rowling compared healthcare for transgender people, which is regarded as a real medical practice that makes individuals feel better about themselves as well as keeps them healthy, to gay conversion therapy, a practice that is widely disrespected and hated for the trauma it has caused. She had all of this bad publicity, and still chose to add fuel to the fire. JK Rowling is singlehandedly creating anti-trans sentiment that is very real and very, very dangerous to us. She is not just sharing her opinion— she is starting a brand new wave of transphobia. — Vee S. (@findmereading) September 14, 2020 Rowling does have some supporters, though. In response to “#RipJKRowling,” her supporters started a “IStandWithJKRowling” hashtag. Some strongly agree with Rowling’s point of view, praising her for being willing to speak out in a way that few would dare to. They call the people who are against Rowling “fragile.” Just a bunch of narcissistic fetishists and cosplayers mocking a woman who dared to speak the truth. Your self centred fragility is nobody else's problem.#RIPJKRowling — Hayden Hewitt (@HaydenHewitt) September 14, 2020 The fact the disgusting hashtag #RIPJKRowling is trending on this mess of a platform, tells you everything you need to know about the mindset of these TRAs. Read the comments. Don’t ever ask me to justify my position on this again. It’s sick. Just sick. #IStandWithJKRowling — James Dreyfus ? (@DreyfusJames) September 14, 2020 Others are claiming that the amount of hate Rowling gets is due to misogyny. They cite examples of projects by men that did not receive this much hate. Unsurprisingly the #RIPJKRowling trend is misogyny in full view. If you haven't woken up to the fact women can't even define themselves as different biologically from men (yep, in 2020) without being harassed, maybe it's time you ask why.#IStandWithJKRowling #waronwomen — natalie (@clovhamm) September 14, 2020 You must have never heard of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho — YaBoiMugen (@BoiMugen) September 14, 2020 Rowling’s words are controversial, potentially leading to more hate and violence. Yet, there are still plenty who agree with her. It’s just crazy to think that JK Rowling can invent a world of wizards, witches, and all sorts of fantastical creatures, but has a such a huge problem with transgender people. The biggest irony of all? Rowling published “Troubled Blood” under a pseudonym, Robert Galbraith. Yup, a male name for a female author who denies the existence of transgender people. This could be a good thing for Rowling, though. Based on the swarms of angry fans, it sounds like this could be her first novel to barely sell.