Cynthia Nixon Calls JK Rowling's Anti-Trans Tweets 'Baffling'

Lawrence Kim
September 15, 2020

In their review, Jake Kerridge says the book's "moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress".

Rowling has been embroiled in a very heated public feud with transgender activists over her comments defending "natal girls and women", a phrase meant to refer to people who were born female, as opposed to transgender women.

Critics have also noted that "Troubled Blood", the fifth novel in her Cormoran Strike detective series, is not the first book in the series with transphobic elements. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.

" much more blatantly does Rowling have to out herself as a transphobe for y'all to stop buying her books and publishers to drop her?"

"It's an entirely common though insulting trope about trans women - that they are aggressive and unable to overcome their masculine nature, not to mention villainous - that has become all too common from cisgender authors with only a passing knowledge of trans people".

Cynthia Nixon is speaking out about J.K. Rowling's recent comments on gender and transgender identity. "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 Jo or I", he insisted.

On Twitter, many are critical of Troubled Blood and Rowling, calling it everything from a cynical way to profit off transphobia to an example of how Rowling has to write fictional versions of the trans women she fears, as they don't exist in the real world. It isn't hate to speak the truth. I think that must be - but having known this child, this seems like it was really coming. I'd march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. "I do not believe it's hateful to say so".

"But endlessly unpleasant as its constant targeting of me has been, I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode "woman" as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it".

"So I want trans women to be safe", Rowling wrote.

A day before the book's release, fans and foes lambasted Rowling, who has previously made a slew of controversial comments about the trans community, and declared her "dead" by sending #RIPJKRowling to the top of the Twitter trending charts.

When asked if she or Samuel felt any discomfort watching the movies following Rowling's tweets, Nixon looked back at Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe's response to Rowling's posts.

Rowling has yet to respond to the controversy around "Troubled Blood".

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