It has recently come to light that J.K. Rowling’s latest book hinges on a male serial killer who dresses as a woman. This revelation has infuriated social media users. Especially after the controversy in recent months over her views on transgender people, which critics denounced as transphobic.
Rowling’s new book is written under her pen name Robert Galbraith. It is titled Troubled Blood and is the latest installment of a fictional crime series following private detective Cormoran Strike. The reaction on social media was swift. The hashtag #RIPJKRowling started trending on Twitter by early Monday afternoon. The critics and former fans argued that Troubled Blood’s villain is another example of the author’s alleged transphobia.
Culture critic Elle Dawson tweeted, “J.K. Rowling is single-mindedly obsessed with trans people and actively frames them as predators in her novels.” While on the other hand, award-winning poet Saeed Jones wrote on Twitter: “I almost appreciate the effort JK Rowling is making to remove any vestige of nuance from our understanding of who she is and how she plans on using her time, energy and fortune.”
Rowling is silent on this matter as of now. There has been no comment by her on this. She has previously defended her views on transgenderism in a blog post. This is what she had to say, “I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it.”