J.K. Rowling is best known for writing the 8-part Harry Potter series. Her first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, came out in 1997, and she only grew from there. Four years later, the first [of many] Harry Potter films were shown in movie theaters across the nation — jump-starting her career in the writing industry.
On June 6th, however, Rowling found herself facing backlash, after posting [what can be considered as] a transphobic tweet.
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
The statement was her response to an article by Devex, titled: “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate”.
The general basis of the article revolves around menstruation, and how the current pandemic is financially affecting those who menstruate.
One specific quote (the one in which Rowling responded to) stated that, “2020 started out as a year of progress, with a groundswell of interest and potential for improved investment to address the menstrual health and hygiene needs of girls, women, and all people who menstruate.”
Immediately after tweeting out her response, the LGBTQ+ community (as well as those who support the community) were outraged. Rowling was ‘canceled’ and branded as ‘transphobic’ towards the transgender community.
On September 14th, the LGBTQ+ media outlet, Pink News, revealed the premise of Rowling’s latest novel, and the majority response was filled with backlash.
According to an article by Pink News, “A new book penned by JK Rowling finds her private detective protagonist, Cormoran Strike, investigating a cis male serial killer who dresses as a woman to kill his cis female victims, according to an early write-up.”
Shortly after the synopsis of Rowling’s new novel was published, the hashtag “#RIPJKROWLING” began trending on Twitter. The hashtag appears to refer to the alleged ‘fall of Rowling’s career’, rather than wishing death upon the author.
People are also using the hashtag to credit other celebrities as the author of the Harry Potter series:
While many are infuriated, others are praising Rowling for ‘speaking out’ — causing a heated debate between social media users.
Rowling has yet to respond to the criticism, regarding her newest crime novel.