JK Rowling’s new book has an anti-trans plotline and Twitter users have deemed her dead.
#RIPJKRowling began trending on Monday (September 14) as critics and former fans reacted to reviews of her new book Troubled Blood, which tells the tale of a man who dresses as a woman to kill other women.
Troubled Blood is the fifth entry in Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series, penned under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. The villain of the story is a “psychopathic serial killer,” according to the book’s Amazon page and serves as an example of the author’s alleged transphobia.
“The meat of the book is the investigation into a cold case: the disappearance of GP Margot Bamborough in 1974, thought to have been a victim of Dennis Creed, a transvestite serial killer,” wrote the Telegraph in a review of the novel. “One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.”
This isn’t the first time Rowling has stirred up controversy over her transphobic views. In December 2019, Rowling came to the defense of a British woman who lost her job for believing that biological sex should legally determine one’s gender in the U.K. In June, Rowling shared a lengthy blog post, saying that she has “concerns around single sex spaces” as a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor herself.
“I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it,” she wrote in the blog post.
Here’s how former fans are reacting to the #RIPJKRowling trending topic: