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J.K. Rowling retracts tweet praising Stephen King Later he supported transgender Girls

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“Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling is again under fire for remarks concerning the transgender community six months following defending Maya Forstater.

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J.K. Rowling walked back praise for Stephen King after her fellow writer spoke out against her current anti-transgender remarks

“Trans women are women,” King tweeted Sunday, following a fan asked him to address”the TERF tweet,” referencing Rowling’s social networking posts before this month, which many fans deemed transphobic. 

Before that afternoon, King retweeted one of Rowling’s articles, which comprised a quote about guys reacting poorly when women speak out about their experiences. The”Harry Potter” writer had shared a long thread reacting to those who criticized her for revealing she had been sexually assaulted in the past in a recent blog article, defending her stance that trans inclusive language is”hostile and alienating” to girls

Following King’s retweet, Rowling sang”The Shining” writer’s praises, then deleted the post once King clarified where he stood. 

“I have always revered @StephenKing, but today my love attained – maybe not Annie Wilkes amounts – but new heights,” she wrote in the now-deleted tweet, screenshotted by lovers. “It’s so much easier for guys to dismiss women’s anxieties, or to belittle thembut that I won’t ever forget the guys who stood up if they did not need to. Thank you, Stephen.” 

Previous story: J.K. Rowling shows she is a sexual assault survivor; Emma Watson reacts to trans comments

Over six months following the author had been slammed for showing support for Maya Forstater, a researcher who lost her job at a think tank for saying that individuals can’t change their sex, Rowling made a similar stir in criticizing a headline about the website devex.com. The op-ed piece contained the term”individuals who menstruate” in an attempt to be inclusive. 

“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” Rowling tweeted.  “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” 

After confronting backlash, Rowling stood her ground, asserting her life”has been shaped by being female” and defended that the exclusionary comments while arguing she supports transgender people

Fans and celebrities on social media met Rowling’s comments against transgender individuals before this month with incredulity, wondering why the writer seemingly made the remarks out of her own volition while the rest of the world was focusing on protests in support of the Black Lives Issue motion, as well as Pride Month, a time meant to honor and celebrate members of the LGBTQ+ community. 

“Harry Potter” movie stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and”Fantastic Beasts” spinoff star Eddie Redmayne were one of those who have worked with Rowling and because denounced her perspectives. 

“Transgender women are girls,” Radcliffe wrote in an article for LGBTQ non-profit organization The Trevor Project. “It’s clear that we will need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not devoting their identities, and also not cause further harm.”

Though the actor noted that Rowling is”unquestionably responsible” for the length of his lifetime, he added he still feels”forced to say something in this instant.”

“To most of the people who feel that their expertise of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I’m profoundly sorry for the pain these remarks have caused you,” he continued.  “I really hope you don’t completely lose what was invaluable in these tales to you.”

More: What is a TERF and is’Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling being called one?

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