Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling deleted a tweet she sent expressing praise for famed horror author Stephen King because she thought he agreed with her attacks on transgender people.
After King bluntly stated that he completely disagrees with Rowling’s transphobia, Rowling apparently decided to erase the man “I won’t ever forget.”
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Yesterday, Rowling posted a thread of transphobic tweets declaring that trans women are really just “men” [who] “demand that we (women) give up our hard won sex-based rights” including female-gendered spaces such as restrooms, prisons, and locker rooms. Rowling also continued painting trans women as sexual predators by posting statistics about women sexually assaulted by men in locker rooms, something which has nothing to do with trans women.
One of the tweets in Rowling’s thread quoted author Andrea Dworkin’s words: “Men often react to women’s words – speaking and writing – as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.”
After King retweeted this particular tweet from Rowling’s thread, Rowling praised him in follow-up a tweet that read, “It’s so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen.”
A reader who saw that King had retweeted Rowling then publicly tagged King in a tweet which read, “You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women.”
King responded, “Yes. Trans women are women.”
Yes. Trans women are women.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 28, 2020
In response, Rowling deleted her praise for King.
Rowling has attacked the transgender community repeatedly over the past year, causing staff at her publishing agency to rebel against her new work. Actors from the Harry Potter film series have denounced her transphobia, and three authors have left the Blair Partnership, a literary agency that also represents Rowling, after it reportedly refused to affirm its support for trans equality.