“Harry Potter” author JK Rowling on Monday criticized transgender activists for posting her home address on social media.
On Friday night, the eve of Transgender Remembrance Day, comedian Holly Stars, actor Georgia Frost, and drag king Richard Energy held a rally outside Rowling’s home near Edinburgh, Scotland, in protest of his controversial views on the trans community.
In a thread on Twitter, Rowling criticized the trio for “doxxing” when they posted a now-deleted photo on the social media site with their home address visible in the background. “Doxxing” is the posting of someone’s private information online without their consent.
“I have to assume that @IAmGeorgiaFrost, @hollywstars and @Richard_Energy_ thought that doxxing would intimidate me into not standing up for women’s sexual rights.” Rowling wrote. “They should have reflected on the fact that I have now received so many death threats that I could wallpaper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped talking.”
“Maybe, and I’m just throwing this out, the best way to show that your movement is not a threat to women is to stop harassing, harassing and threatening us,” he added.
Stars defended posting the photo and said it deleted the tweet after receiving threats online.
“While we support the photo, since we posted it, we have received an overwhelming amount of serious and threatening transphobic messages, so we have decided to remove the photo.” Stars wrote. “Love to our trans brothers”.
The disagreement is the latest battle in a war between Rowling and trans activists. In recent years, Rowling has come under fire for her controversial views on the trans community, which some have called transphobic.
The gap erupted in 2019 when Rowling voiced her support for Maya Forstater, a British tax specialist who was fired for tweets that were deemed anti-transgender. Rowling later drew criticism for a large number of tweets that were seen to include transphobic ideas.
Last year, she doubled down on her views in a nearly 4,000-word blog post, questioning whether a “contagion” fueled by social media has led to an increase in the number of young people calling themselves transgender.
In the blog post, she also revealed that she is a survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault.
“That’s why I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I do not want native girls and women to be less secure. When you open the bathroom and changing room doors to any man who thinks or feels that he is a woman and, as I said, gender confirmation certificates can now be awarded without the need for surgery or hormones, then you open the door. to each and every one of the men who wish to enter. That’s the simple truth, ”he wrote.
Rowling’s views have led many to label her a “TERF,” which stands for transgender-exclusive radical feminist. On Monday, she again stood up for women who share her views on trans people.
“None of these women are protected like me. They and their families have been put in a state of fear and anguish for the sole reason that they refuse to accept uncritically that the socio-political concept of gender identity must replace it.” of sex, “he wrote.
“Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe responded to Rowling in an essay last year, stating that “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, which have much more experience on this issue than Jo or I,” she wrote, using a nickname for Rowling. .
Cast members of all eight “Harry Potter” films, including Radcliffe, announced last week that they will be reuniting for the film franchise’s 20th anniversary.
Rowling will not appear in the reunion special, but will appear in stock footage.
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