JK Rowling has deleted a tweet expressing her love for Stephen King after the horror writer shared his view that “trans women are trans women”.
King is the most recent movie star to wade into the Rowling’s ongoing social media spats over transgender rights, after sharing one among her tweets.
The Harry Potter writer had written a publish quoting the late feminist Andrea Dworkin.
She stated: “Andrea Dworkin wrote: ‘Men often react to women’s words-speaking and writing-as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.’ It isn’t hateful for women speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so.”
King retweeted the Twitter publish, which fashioned a part of a for much longer thread Rowling had written referencing Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who had attacked her earlier feedback over transgender rights.
Responding to King’s interplay with the publish, Rowling wrote: “I’ve always revered Stephen King, but today my love reached – maybe not Annie Wilkes levels – but new heights. ‘It’s so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen.'”
However, one among King’s followers then requested him for clarification on his views, writing: “You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women”.
The time period TERF stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist” and has been levelled at Rowling by trans activists who’ve taken offence at a few of her social media posts.
King replied: “Yes. Trans women are women.”
Following King’s response, Rowling deleted her publish in praise of him.
Emma Watson, who performed Hermione Granger, and Rupert Grint, who performed Ron Weasley, have additionally each spoken out in support of transgender folks, following Rowling’s earlier feedback.