Over the past year, JK Rowling has become public enemy #1 for the trans community. Whether she’s getting cancelled for who she chooses to follow on Twitter or making “controversial” statements on social media, no one can incite the kind of rage from trans activists that she does.
This time, her public lashing for wrongthink is even more ridiculous than before. #RIPJKRowling was trending on Twitter recently, with many trans activists calling for her death or making snide remarks about how her career has been killed due to her new book, Troubled Blood. They claim the book is transphobic due to containing a character described as a “cis male serial killer who dresses as a woman to kill.” Teens on TikTok are now burning this book en masse, while apparently forgetting that their purchase is still lining the pockets of the author they claim to hate.
Here’s the deal. I read the book once I saw the Twittersphere’s collective outrage over it. I am a trans woman myself, so I feel I have the right to weigh in on whether or not I believe the book is harmful to trans people or the public perception of trans people. My take? It isn’t. Not even remotely.
The book has virtually nothing to do with trans people, and anyone claiming otherwise is lying, has not read the book, or both. The character they claim paints trans people in a bad light is not transgender. At best, he could be called a transvestite, but that would still be a massive stretch. It boils down to *one line* in a book of 900 pages that has sparked this outrage. The line is as follows:
“He had his failures you know. Penny Hiskett, she got away from him and gave the police a description in ’71, but that didn’t help them much. She said he was dark and stocky, because he was wearing a wig at the time and all padded out in a woman’s coat.”
That’s it. That’s all it took for these claims of transphobia. The description of the killer as a transvestite makes such a fleeting, inconsequential appearance that only a moron would connect the dots and try to link it to transgenderism. Considering I’m not a transvestite or crossdresser, I’m not sure why the world is trying to convince me that I should be offended by a fictional cis man in a wig. The trans activism community is becoming the boy who cried wolf, and is undoubtedly betraying the actual progress of trans rights by repeatedly making fools of themselves.
You can hear my full review and thoughts of ‘Troubled Blood’ by JK Rowling in my new YouTube video: