JK Rowling defended by author for open letter on free speech
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Harry Potter author JK Rowling, 55, has taken to Twitter to reveal the death threats and abuse she still receives a year after her controversial comments about gender, adding that “there’s really only one place to go” after trolls failed to cancel her. The best-selling author wrote that trolls had resorted to sending her death threats over social media after numerous other attempts to get her “cancelled”, “arrested”, “sacked”, or “dropped” by her publisher failed.
There’s really only one place to go
In view of her 14 million followers, the star shared the post, adding: “To be fair, when you can’t get a woman sacked, arrested or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there’s really only one place to go.”
The threat she received said: “I wish you a very nice pipebomb in mailbox.”
Following her post, the star responded to one social media user who questioned whether the threat was in response to her comments surrounding gender last year.
“Is this still because of her comments about the safety of women in toilets/ changing rooms if men can use them by simply saying they identify as a woman?” they asked.
Rowling responded saying that it was, but that she’d also received “hundreds” of similar messages.
“Yes, but now hundreds of trans activists have threatened to beat, rape, assassinate and bomb me I’ve realised that this movement poses no risk to women whatsoever,” she wrote.
It comes a year after the acclaimed author was criticised for a tweet about menstruation, which some social media users branded “transphobic”.
The star tweeted an article about “people” who menstruate, criticising the fact that the word ‘women’ had not been used in place of ‘people’.
The star went on to thank her fans for their support, while admitting that she had to return to writing the latest book in her Strike series.
She penned: “Got to get back to my chapter now, but to all the people sending me beautiful, kind, funny and supportive messages, thank you so much Folded hands .
“Wish I had time to answer all of you, but Strike and Robin are at a tricky stage of their investigation, so I need to drop a few clues.”
Despite facing backlash from social media users, the star justified her comments, saying: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction.”
Taking to the comments, fans of the star expressed their horror at the threats the author was receiving.
One wrote: “This is utterly ghastly. I’m so sorry.”
As another penned: “This threat against JK Rowling’s life is unacceptable and the perpetrator should be prosecuted.”
Following her comments last year, a tourist hotspot dedicated to the author was vandalised with red paint.
The star’s golden handprints were engraved in Edinburgh over 10 years ago when she received the Edinburgh Award in the same year.
Despite her controversial comments, the star’s books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide and her Harry Potter series is the best-selling book in history.
Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series recently hit over 100,000 audio downloads.
The star penned the series about the detective and his sidekick Robin under the pen name Robert Galbraith, and over a period of a week last year, the latest novel in the series, Troubled Blood, sold nearly 65,000 copies in just five days.
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