JK Rowling today called a Twitter troll who tweeted her a death threat saying failed attempts to undo it following comments she made about trans issues left critics “only only one place to go “.
An account titled ‘Sam (Egocom Arc)’ told the author last night: ‘Wish you a nice pipe bomb in the mailbox [sic]’. Ms Rowling bravely fought back and praised her posting success despite a barrage of hate on social media.
She wrote: “To be fair, when you can’t get her publisher to fire, arrest or drop a woman, and canceling it only increased her book sales, there’s really only ‘one place to go. “
An account titled ‘Sam (Egocom Arc)’ told the author last night: ‘Wish you a nice pipe bomb in the mailbox [sic]’, prompting him to fight back courageously
In recent days, Ms Rowling had been sent porn by fanatics as part of the latest attempt to punish her for speaking out about transgender issues.
The 55-year-old has faced ongoing charges of transphobia after posting a blog post claiming biological sex is real.
She also took issue with an article referring to “menstruating people,” posting the withered tweet last June: “I’m sure there was a word for these people. Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? ‘
Earlier this year, New Zealand’s Wairarapa Book Festival reportedly dropped a Harry Potter-themed event due to comments.
She has been called a “TERF” – or radical trans-exclusionist feminist – by some transgender activists.
Meanwhile, critics last year claimed the perpetrator could “end up in the dock” because of Scotland’s sweeping new hate crime laws.
However, Ms Rowling still enjoys spectacular literary success, with her series Cormoran Strike – written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith – recently reaching a record 100,000 audio downloads.
Today, the literary legend was praised for retaliating against the troll, whose account now appears to have been suspended.
Dr Jessica Taylor wrote: “I am absolutely disgusted. I am so sorry. You should not be the butt of their hatred and rage. No woman should. I am just appalled. I cannot imagine the personal impact on you x ‘
In recent days Ms Rowling (pictured) had been sent porn by fanatics in the latest attempt to punish her for speaking out about transgender issues
Ms Rowling has been praised for retaliating against the troll, whose account now appears to have been suspended.
A second user wrote: “Tragic. It’s sad when people say disgusting things like that because they don’t agree with someone. I don’t always agree with @jk_rowling but I would never wish bad on him or anyone for that matter. ‘
Representatives for Ms Rowling have declined to release a statement on the death threat, while Scottish police have been contacted for comment.
Another Twitter user called on social media companies to remove user anonymity in order to crack down on similar abuses.
The same request was made by Piers Morgan after black England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were abused by racist trolls after missing shots on goal in the Euro final against Italy.
At least four people have now been arrested under the Malicious Communications Act, which carries a maximum sentence of 12 months – including Savills real estate agent Andrew Bone, 37, who called the trio ‘n * **** s ”.
In 2019, Brexit-backed troll Jarod Kirkman, 51, was sentenced to 10 months in prison for sending death threats and racist messages to seven politicians, including former Tory Minister Nicky Morgan and David Lammy of the Plowing.
Last June, Rowling sparked controversy when she questioned the use of the phrase ‘menstruating’ instead of the word ‘woman’ and went on to insist that the concept of sex is real.
Some messages, sent through MPs’ websites, had the subject lines’ Treacherous Brexit ‘and’ Loser Brexit ‘with threatening email addresses such as MPdeadpoliticianwalking.com and Putinfsb.ru.
Kirkman emailed Heidi Allen of the Indie Group saying, “Your days are f **** g numbered b ****. Will it be polonium or novichok? Either way, you’ll never know, expect that soon.
Death threats can be prosecuted under separate legislation, the Offenses Against the Person Act of 1861, which can result in offenders being jailed for 10 years. Judges hand down harsher sentences for threats that specifically state a method of killing.
Rowling was accused of transphobia last year when she reacted to an online article titled “Opinion: Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Have Periods.”
“People who have their period”. I’m sure there was a word for these people. Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? ‘ the award-winning writer tweeted to his 14.2 million followers.
Some Twitter users called the screenwriter’s remarks “anti-trans” and “transphobic,” as transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people can also have their period.
JK Rowling pictured with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2001. All three have publicly criticized her for her comments
The writer backed up his tweet and later wrote, “If sex isn’t real, there is no same-sex attraction.
“If sex is not real, the lived reality of women around the world is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex takes away the ability for many to discuss their lives in a meaningful way. It is not hate to speak the truth.
His comments sparked a massive backlash with criticism from Harry Potter stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne.
But she was backed by celebrities, including Harry Potter star Ralph Fiennes, who called the “level of hatred” directed against the author “disturbing.”
Surprisingly, a hashtag calling for the author’s death was the number one trending tag on Twitter in October of last year.
Following the original tweet, Rowling posted a 3,663 word essay on her personal website revealing that she was sexually assaulted in her twenties.
He recounted the domestic violence she allegedly suffered during her first marriage to Portuguese journalism student Jorge Arantas, which she described as “violent”.
The author denied the transphobia allegations and insisted that she “respects the right of every trans person to live in a way they feel is genuine and comfortable”.