Rowling makes the rounds on social media
BANG Showbiz – August 29, 2022 / 3:48 p.m. | History: 382566
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JK Rowling says social media is a “gift” to her online trolls.
The ‘Harry Potter’ writer found himself in hot water with the LGBTQ community after making comments about trans women.
A few weeks ago, the author received death threats for showing his support for stabbing novelist Sir Salman Rushdie.
Speaking against online abuse, to Graham Norton on Virgin Radio UK, she said: ‘Social media can be a lot of fun and I love the pitch aspect of it. It can be a fun thing to do. But there is no doubt that social networks are a gift for people who want to behave maliciously. »
Rowling’s home was targeted by pro-trans protesters last year after her home address was posted online by internet trolls.
She added: “I try to behave online the way I would like others to behave. I’ve never threatened anyone obviously, and I certainly wouldn’t want anyone going to their house or anything like that. .
The ‘Harry Potter’ author first came under fire in early June 2020 for a series of controversial tweets he posted about the transgender community. His stance drew criticism not only from fans, but also from actors who starred in the franchise such as Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Eddie Redmayne. They all chose to speak against her.
Rowling originally retweeted an opinion piece on June 6, 2020 about “menstruating” taking offense that the term people and not women was being used.
She wrote: “People who menstruate.” I’m sure there was a word for these people. Someone help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? »
After getting a lot of backlash from the original tweet, Rowling went on to share her views in more detail.
In a follow-up tweet, she said, “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If the sex is not real, the lived reality of women in the world is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of gender robs many of the ability to meaningfully discuss their lives. It’s not hate to tell the truth.
“The idea that women like me, who have had empathy for trans people for decades, feel related because they are vulnerable in the same way as women – that is, at male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences – is nonsense.