J.K. Rowling’s rolodex is getting smaller and smaller.
The Harry Potter creator — who has recently come under fire for her allegedly anti-trans rhetoric — rescinded a virtual compliment from author Stephen King, 72, who tweeted in support of trans people this weekend.
The exchange began when British Labour Party M.P. Lloyd Russell-Moyle claimed Rowling was using her experience with domestic abuse as a weapon against trans-activism. Rowling, 54, found herself in hot water starting last December when she spoke out in support of Maya Forstater, a woman who claimed she was fired from her job for raising concerns about trans-women using the women’s restroom. She later penned an essay defending her controversial stance that trans rights are overshadowing women’s ‘hard won sex-based rights.‘ ” In the essay, she revealed she had experience with the trauma of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
“As I stated in my essay, my primary worry is the risks to vulnerable women. As everyone knows, I’m no longer reliant on communal facilities, nor am I likely to be imprisoned or need a women’s refuge any time soon. I’m not arguing for the privileged, but the powerless,” she tweeted on Sunday.
She concluded the thread with a quote from feminist activist Andrew Dworkin: “Men often react to women’s words — speaking and writing — as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence. It isn’t hateful for women speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so.”
Soon after, King retweeted Dworkin’s quote, which apparently pleased Rowling.
“I’ve always revered @StephenKing, but today my love reached — maybe not Annie Wilkes levels — but new heights,” she wrote in a now-deleted tweet, Newsweek reports. “It’s so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen.”
Based on this interaction, fans of King soon asked him to clarify his stance on Rowling’s “TERF” — which stands for “trans-exclusionary radical feminist” — tweets.
“Yes. Trans women are women,” King responded.
Author Jodi Picoult, who wrote “My Sister’s Keeper,” also entered the debate when a fan, in support of Rowling, asked her to weigh-in.
“Sorry … although I understand that women who experience trauma are indeed to be empathized with, I also believe that trans women are women — and if put into ‘male only’ spaces run a much greater risk of violence and death,” she tweeted.
Since finding herself in hot water over her viewpoints, Rowling has continued to double-down on her stance, despite widespread criticism and disappointment from die-hard Harry Potter fans — some of whom have denounced the literary icon by sharing their Harry Potter-themed tattoo removal procedures.
“She pulled the wool over our eyes for long enough,” one fan told The Post earlier this month. “This [Harry Potter] community is definitely very diverse and she basically spoke out against her entire community — it was like a slap in the face.”
Several Harry Potter actors, including Daniel Radcliffe, 30, has also spoken in support of trans-women. In an essay published on The Trevor Project website, he said, “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either [Rowling] or I.”