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J.K. Rowling’s New Book—About A Cross-Dressing Serial Killer—Draws Outrage

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The revelation that Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling’s latest book hinges on a male serial killer who dresses like a woman infuriated social media users Monday, after Rowling kicked up controversy in recent months over her views on transgender people, which critics denounced as transphobic.

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Rowling’s new book, written under her pen name Robert Galbraith, is titled Troubled Blood and is the latest installment of a fictional crime series following private detective Cormoran Strike.

Reaction on social media was swift, with #RIPJKRowling trending on Twitter by early Monday afternoon, as critics and former fans argued that Troubled Blood’s villain is another example of the author’s alleged transphobia.

“J.K. Rowling is single-mindedly obsessed with trans people and actively frames them as predators in her novels,” tweeted culture critic Elle Dawson, also referencing the second Galbraith book, The Silkworm, that was previously denounced for portraying a transgender character as aggressive.

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 has not commented on this latest dustup, but previously defended her views on transgenderism in a blog post: “I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is

Article source: https://www.forbes.com/sites/lisettevoytko/2020/09/14/jk-rowlings-new-book-about-a-cross-dressing-serial-killer-draws-outrage/

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