J.K. Rowling Cops Renewed Criticism After Announcing The Plot Of Her New Book
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J.K. Rowling sparked a massive debate earlier this year after talking about trans women on Twitter.
The flurry of posts caused many fans around the world to hit back with criticism and even saw Harry Potter actors speak out against her message.
However, the iconic author has found herself in hot water again after announcing the plot of her next book.
Troubled Blood will be the sequel to Cormoran Strike and will be published under her pen name Robert Galbraith.
The 927-page novel will be about a cisgendered male serial killer who dresses as a woman to murder victims. Being cisgendered means presenting and identifying as the gender in which you were born in.
The book will focus on the fictional disappearance of a woman in 1974, who is believed to be a victim of this mysterious killer.
The fear is that by emboldening this type of narrative in a book from an author of such high-standing and notoriety as Rowling, it will continue the movement against trans people.
The reaction to the plot has been fierce on social media, with many activists crying out against Troubled Blood.
JK Rowling is really out here policing gender identity when she literally identifies as a man to sell more books.?!!!!!!?!)!!
- Camilla Blackett (@camillard) September 14, 2020
all JK Rowling had to do was cash the final Harry Potter movie check, close the doors to her resplendent mansion, and never open her mouth again but instead she literally went out of her way to be a moron
- Abby Govindan (@abbygov) September 14, 2020
Wow @jk_rowling you're a relentless bully.
- Harry Cook (@HarryCook) September 14, 2020
However, the Twitter backlash escalated to the point that #RIPJKRowling started trending, with some people worrying the the author had died.
That, in itself, caused a separate backlash, with some users saying cancel culture had gone too far.
Pier Morgan wrote on the social media site: "The fact #RIPJKRowling is trending says all you need to know about the woke brigade - they're nastier & more viciously intolerant than anyone they preach about."
Interestingly, Rowling's pen name, Robert Galbraith, is eerily similar to the psychiatrist Robert Galbraith Heath, who experimented gay conversion therapy in the 1950s. He claimed to have converted a gay prison inmate, however his studies would be deemed unethical today for a variety of reasons.
Troubled Blood gets released around the world today.
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