Jedward send message to JK Rowling amid transphobia row

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#RIPJKRowling is trending on Twitter after former fans argued that the villain of her recent novel, Troubled Blood, is another example of the author's alleged transphobia.

An early review of the novel in United Kingdom paper The Telegraph (via PinkNews) sign-posts that Troubled Blood, the fifth in Robert Galbraith's series, focuses on protagonist PI. According to reviewer Jake Kerridge, the book presents troubling images of murderous men dressed up as women, and he "wonders what critics of Rowling's stance on trans issues will make of [the] book".

"J.K. Rowling's essay is risky hogwash that will only hurt trans people and reinforce a gender binary that oppresses women but go off, I guess", said one critic. "But I ask you to look inside your heart and question what is really happening here". "Like women, they're most likely to be killed by sexual partners", she wrote in the essay.

That caused a huge uproar among many in the LGBTQ community, who called her out with comments from "heartbreaking" to "TERF". She further added: "As a longstanding donor to LGBT charities and a supporter of trans people's right to live free of persecution, I absolutely refute the accusation that I hate trans people or wish them ill".

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"Kerry Kennedy recently felt it necessary to publish a statement denouncing my views on RFKHR's website", Rowling said.

The hashtag certainly left a lot of people bemused who thought the writer had actually died, after which Twitter had to issue a clarification about Rowling still being alive.

"... I have to say, the irony here is rich: Basically JK Rowling is posing as a man (Robert Galbraith) to write a novel about a man who poses as a woman to kill people". "Someone help me out".

"[Trigger warning] // transphobia", tweeted one individual. I think in some ways - I don't know, I don't know what it's like. Several trans activists, including the stars of FX's "Pose" - a show that centers trans women - also condemned Rowling's behavior. Yet another backlash followed.

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Following the original dispute, Rowling saw her book sales plummet compared to other authors, reportedly by two thirds, leading many to speculate how much the comments had damaged the author.

Robbie Coltrane, who played the recurring character Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry Potter film series, which has grossed a total of nearly $8 billion, told a British magazine that people were "waiting to be offended". "I don't know why but there's a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended", the 70-year-old actor told Radio Times.

Still, many say their view of Rowling has been forever tainted, especially in light of the latest book.

"Rowling commented on the article in her tweet: "'People who menstruate'. Not anymore, not when the tone of both author and novel is the same.

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