Twitter has been crazy today with the trending hashtag of #RIPJKRowling. Many fans worried about the author and asked about her health. But what has happened exactly? Read more below to find out!
- Joanne Rowling was born in the small town of Yate, Gloucestershire, England.
- She became famous (and millionaire) after Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone was published in 1997.
- New York Times estimates she has a net worth of 1 billion dollars.
- Not everything is great, her fans blasted her for several comments about transgenders.
One could imagine that after selling 500 million copies worldwide, one could be retired from work right? But Rowling loves to write.
She launched her new book "Troubled Book", a thriller where the main character is a man who dresses up as a woman. Now, the fans decided to "kill" her at least on Twitter after several allegations where she allegedly mocked the trans community.
The hashtag #RIPJKRowling became of the top hashtags on the social media platform on Sept. 14. The reason? Her new book.
The synopsis of her new crime novel Troubled Blood has been revealed and fans are not happy about it.
Rowling has been in hot water over the past few months due to her controversial comments about the transgender community. Back in December, Rowling faced massive backlash for tweeting in support of Maya Forstater who lost her job for misgendering trans people.
Following this, she then began following and liking a number of anti-trans accounts and sentiments including “self-professed transphobe” Magdalen Berns on Twitter.
Then, back in June, she shared an article titled Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate with a caption mocking the phrase “people who menstruate.”
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
More recently, Rowling returned her 2019 Kennedy Human Rights award after Kerry Kennedy denounced the author’s transgender comments.
“From her own words,” Kennedy said. “I take Rowling’s position to be that the sex one is assigned at birth is the primary and determinative factor of one’s gender, regardless of one’s gender identity- a position that I categorically reject.”
Now, Rowling is in even more hot water for her new book Troubled Blood. The book follows a private detective named Cormoran Strike as he investigates a cisgender male serial killer who wears women’s clothing to kill female victims.
Troubled Blood is the fifth book in Rowling’s Cormoran Strike series which she writes under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. As some may remember, Rowling portrays a trans character as being “unstable and aggressive” in the series’ second novel The Silkwork.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling is alive and well
Naturally, Troubled Blood has sparked criticism from fans and onlookers and led to #RIPJKRowling trending on Twitter. Despite the trend, however, Twitter clarified that the author is, in fact, still alive.