J.K. Rowling takes issue with transphobic message sent to her through Twitter

Another day, another insult thrown toward the famed “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling.

This time, according to the Washington Post, was a tweet posted by trans activists celebrating the day. Titled “Transphobia,” the tweet from activist Rose Elsing-Cheksy addressed the author of “Harry Potter” and “The Casual Vacancy”:

[email protected]_rowling The turning of the tide & the recognition of trans people as full citizens is partially due to you. #transphobia. Happy #TransAmFarMoreThan https://t.co/dmeVU3lkvW — Rose Elsing-Cheksy (@QbGSneaky) May 10, 2018

Along with a link to a tweet, the post said, “It is a day for celebration!”

But it wasn’t long before another message arrived and the post was removed. It came from Rowling herself.

That message read, “Such tactics are insidious. Never reveal the location of your vulnerable prey. Ever.”

Transphobia is insidious. Such tactics are insidious. Never reveal the location of your vulnerable prey. Ever. https://t.co/7Ng9pjDHhm — J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 10, 2018

One Twitter user noted that she knows Rowling through the social media groups known as the Poldark Club and the 21 Club.

“@QbGSneaky I’m a member of the Poldark Club,” one of the tweets read. “I think you know too much!”

The tweet was shared 23,600 times and received an almost 8,000 percent response, according to Yahoo.


I’m not a member of @ QbGSneaky I think you know too much! https://t.co/HpH9n5sPAB — jk (@jk_rowling) May 10, 2018

“I was pretty stunned,” Elsing-Cheksy told the Washington Post in an email. “And also really interested to hear the reason she gave for revealing the location of my home address — or more specifically why she chose to do so without telling me. What does she have to say about what transphobia is, and what does it mean? I think her dismissal of such questions was pretty amazing.”

She told the Washington Post that she is very lucky to have a huge social media following.

“Many trans people are not as lucky, and this incident highlights why we have a lot of work to do,” she said. “The outpouring of responses to Ms. Rowling’s response was also very telling in that they showed the public has a very divided opinion on what constitutes transphobia.”

Also on Wednesday, Rowling took to her website to pen a blog post that addressed another transphobic comment.

“When trans people on social media ‘out’ other trans people I think I can speak for many when I say that it is dehumanizing, and I find it morally indefensible,” she wrote. “I will keep stating this until all trans people can be completely comfortable with the expectation that others will judge our images by the same standards that they judge ours.”

H/T Washington Post

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