Author J.K. Rowling his clapping back on Twitter as she receives ongoing threats of violence and cruel wishes that she would be bombed from those who are offended by her perspective on the gender theory movement.
“I wish you a very nice pipebomb in mailbox” one Twitter user had said in response to another comment that Rowling had made on the platform.
Rowling dryly replied that as her formidable career was still intact even in the midst of the uproar over her verboten perspective on gender identity and trans issues, perhaps all this person had left was to wish violence upon her.
“To be fair,” the British author observed, “when your can’t get a woman sacked, arrested, or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there’s really only one place to go.”
To be fair, when you can’t get a woman sacked, arrested or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there’s really only one place to go. pic.twitter.com/MsNWXhWlyc
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 19, 2021
Rowling, one of the most successful authors in the history of publishing and the woman behind the Harry Potter series, has long been feuding with some members of the transgender activist community over her views that biological women’s rights and private spaces should be protected.
The decidedly progressive feminist was a vocal supporter of Maya Forstater, a woman who was fired from her job after tweeting out her view that biological men were not women, and wrote a lengthy essay last year addressing the various nuanced concerns with allowing biological men to freely use spaces normally reserved for women on the basis of their gender identity.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” Rowling wrote last year. “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.”
On Sunday, another Twitter user asked her if the hateful tweet had to do with her “comments about safety of women in toilets/changing rooms if men can use them by simply saying they identify as a woman?”
“Yes,” Rowling replied, “but now hundreds of trans activists have threatened to beat, rape, assassinate, and bomb me, I’ve realized that this movement poses no risk to women whatsoever,” she sarcastically quipped.
The original wish that someone would try to bomb Rowling came amid sharp-tongued comments exchanged between Rowling and Twitter critics who accused her of ignoring pornography tweeted at children.
“I’ll give you a moment to think hard about leaving that up,” she wrote to one user. “I reported every bit of porn so-called trans allies tweeted into Twitter threads where children were sending me artwork for [the novel] ‘The Ickabog.’”
Juan, I’ll give you a moment to think hard about leaving that up. I reported every bit of porn so-called trans allies tweeted into Twitter threads where children were sending me artwork for the Ickabog. I didn’t respond or retweet it because I didn’t want more kids to see it. 1/3
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 18, 2021
“I didn’t respond or retweet it, because I didn’t want more kids to see it,” she explained of the out-of-context accusation, which was based on a tweet she issued in 2020 which said, in part, she’d “ignored” pornography tweeted at children.
“I’m not sure how these tactics — using porn as a weapon against women you dislike, not caring that children get caught in the crossfire, and then misrepresenting what really happened — are supposed to help trans people,” she continued.
“Nor do I see how what you’ve done here helps correct the impression that the end game for you [and] your ilk is to intimidate women out of speaking up for our own rights, no matter how low you have to go to do it,” the outraged author added.
The controversy of Rowling’s views on transgender rights and free speech has been compounded in large part by her universal popularity among millennials, many of whom have vocally expressed their heartbreak that their favorite childhood author does not share their views on gender identity.
While the outrage has been vocal, she has also received an outpouring of support from those with a wide range of views, some of whom she thanked before bowing out of this feud.
“Got to get back to my chapter now, but to all the people sending me beautiful, kind, funny and supportive messages, thank you so much. Wish I had time to answer all of you, but Strike and Robin are at a tricky stage of their investigation, so I need to drop a few clues,” she wrote at the end of one of the treads.
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