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20th Oct 2023

JK Rowling says she would ‘happily’ go to prison for her transphobic views

Steve Hopkins

She even specified what jobs she would most like to do behind bars

JK Rowling has said she’d “happily” do jail time than refer to transgender women as women.

The Harry Potter author, who has been under fire for her trans-views since June 2020 when she made a comment about “people who menstruate”, this week shared a post on X – formerly Twitter – that featured the text: “Repeat after us: Trans women are women.”

In response, the 58-year-old wrote, “No.”

When a commenter appeared to reference a report by the Labour Party working to combat transphobic abuse – Rowling said she would “happily” do hard time than change her stance.

She wrote: “I’ll happily do two years if the alternative is compelled speech and forced denial of the reality and importance of sex.”

“Bring on the court case, I say. It’ll be more fun than I’ve ever had on a red carpet.”

Rowling proceeded to specify which prison duties would best suit her.

“Hoping for the library, obviously, but I think I could do okay in the kitchen. Laundry might be a problem. I have a tendency to shrink stuff/turn it pink accidentally. Guessing that won’t be an issue if it’s mostly scrubs and sheets, though.”

Rowling first ignited the trans-backlash that has engulfed her ever since when she questioned the phrase “people who menstruate.”

She wrote: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

Rowling has stood by her views despite pushback from a number of the stars of her Harry Potter films, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint and much of the franchise’s fanbase.

Despite this, Rowling is part of HBO’s upcoming Harry Potter TV series.

Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO and Max content, evaded questions about the controversy surrounding Rowling at a press presentation earlier this year. “I don’t think this is the forum,” he said.

“That’s a very online conversation, very nuanced and complicated and not something we’re going to get into. Our priority is what’s on the screen. Obviously, the Harry Potter story is incredibly affirmative and positive and about love and self-acceptance. That’s our priority — what’s on screen.”

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