J.K. Rowling was again accused of inciting hatred against transgender people

J.K. Rowling was again accused of inciting hatred against transgender people


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Police Scotland said that the famous writer Joanne Rowling did not violate the law by criticizing the new law on hate speech. After the corresponding post, the author was complained about in social networks for allegedly inciting hatred towards transgender people.

As reported AP, hate crime legislation came into effect in Scotland on Monday, April 2. It allows derogatory comments about disability, religion, sexual orientation, or transgender identity to be classified as a criminal offense.

The author of “Harry Potter” publicly criticizes the new law. “Freedom of speech and belief in Scotland has come to an end if the accurate description of biological sex is considered a crimeRowling said.

If they prosecute a woman for simply calling a man a man, I will repeat what the woman said - and they can charge us both

“If they prosecute a woman for simply calling a man a man, I’ll repeat what that woman said – and they can charge us both.”

Since the law came into force, Police Scotland has received more than 3,000 complaints. Among them was a complaint against a world-famous writer. However, law enforcement officials said that there was no crime in Rowling’s actions.

I hope this statement will reassure every woman in Scotland who wants to stand up for the reality and importance of biological sex“, – reacted a writer for police decisions in the social network X (Twitter).

Screenshot from @jk_rowling / Twitter

This is not the first scandal surrounding Joan Rowling

In 2020, JK Rowling found herself at the center of a scandal by reacting publicly to an article titled “Viewpoint: Creating a more equal post-Covid-19 world for people who menstruate”. She criticized the proposed term “people who menstruate” and said that these people should be called “women”.

In response, users accused the writer of transphobia and staged real bullying on the Internet under the hashtag #RIPJKRowling (“Rest in peace, JK Rowling”).

Rowling’s position was criticized by Harry Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star Eddie Redmayne.

Rowling’s first husband, George Arantes, also decided against the background of the scandal to remain silent. He stated that he does not regret that he once “smeared” a woman.

However, there were people who spoke out against the harassment of the author. “The fact that the disgusting hashtag #RIPJKRowling is trending on this messed up platform tells you all you need to know about the mindset of these people. Read the comments… This is delusional. Just delusional“, – wrote then actor James Dreyfus accompanied his post with the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling (#IStandWithRowling).


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