JK Rowling shot back at a Twitter user who threatened to “pipebomb” her, noting that she has come over the top since joining the canceled club.
The 55-year-old Harry Potter author shared a screenshot of a now-deleted tweet as evidence of the hate mail he’s received since expressing his controversial opinion about gender last year.
“I wish you a very nice pipebomb in the mailbox,” read a message from Twitter user @queerqegaard, who has since deleted his account.
“To be fair, when you can’t get a woman sacked, arrested, or put down by her publisher, and canceling her only increases the sales of her book, there’s really only one place,” Rowling tweeted In reply.
Rowling, who also writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, explained why she received the threatening tweet in one reply, noting that it stemmed from comments made last year that were deemed transphobic by critics and advocacy groups.
“With hundreds of trans activists threatening to beat, rape, murder and bomb me, I have realized that there is no threat to women from this movement,” she said. tweeted.
The author, who is working on his latest Cormoran Strike book series under the pen name, also expressed his gratitude to fans who sent him “helpful messages” amid the latest firestorm.
“Now going back to my chapter, but thank you so much, to everyone who sent me beautiful, kind, funny and helpful messages,” she said. “I wish I had time to answer all of you, but Strike and Robin are in the difficult phase of their investigation, so I need to provide some clues.”
Her tweets come after her outspoken opposition to transgender activism, which she said was “a way of erasing ‘woman’ as a political and biological class.”
In 2020, Rowling shared a news article that included the phrase “menstruating people,” noting that she takes issue with the terminology. “‘Those who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a term for those,” Rowling tweeted. “Someone help me. Womben? Wimpand? Whomude?”
“If sex isn’t real, the living reality of women globally is erased,” she added.
She then penned a lengthy essay with her thoughts on gender, claiming she received “heartbreaking” letters from women undergoing “irreversible” gender confirmation surgery.
His comments left many baffled, some of whom labeled him problematic and “transphobic”.
In May, a Harry Potter-themed event at a New Zealand book festival was canceled and his films stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne – Has spoken against Rowling’s commentary since then.
Some fans even declared him “dead” last September, sending #RIPJKRowling to the top of the Twitter trending charts. Two big Harry Potter fan sites, leaky Cauldron and mugglenetalso said in a joint statement that Rowling’s personal views contradict those reflected in her best-selling books.
While Rowling has remained largely silent since her lengthy essay, Twitter users condemned the violence over her opinion on the author.
“I really, really can’t tell how much I disagree with you on your opinion on this issue and how much they hurt and hurt me as a fan,” a user wrote. “However, these ridiculous threats and calls for violence are disgusting. Trans activist – you don’t make yourself good like that!”
Others, however, said Rowling should have avoided posting “harmful rhetoric” in the first place.
one more tweeted, “Maybe, (hear me here) if you use your huge platform to make hurtful rhetoric about marginalized people, some of them are going to get very upset with you and call you reprehensible s–t …isn’t it really that weird? Maybe it’s actually expected?”