Episode #13 JKR's Tone Deaf Echo Chamber
Episode #13 is available now. We talk a great deal about receipts and articles we promised to link. Consider this your companion guide.
At the top of the episode, we acknowledge J.K. Rowling's history of transphobic activity on Twitter since 2017. For more backstory, we recommend you listen to our episode 5.5 titled “JKR’s Tweet”. It might help provide context for an already loaded topic. To learn more, we recommend Kat Blaque's video titled "So... Let's Talk About JK Rowling's Tweet", which chronicles everything up to December 2019.
As we discuss TERF beliefs and anxieties, we touch on why considering sex to be binary is outdated and any scientist worth their salt will tell you as much. There is an excellent article, "Stop Using Phony Science To Justify Transphobia" from Scientific American that will teach you better than we could.
On the morning of May 29th, J.K. Rowling tweeted a transphobic quote and the word “fuck” in response to a 9 year old’s artwork. It reads:
Quickly after, she corrected her tweet and followed it up with another message, apologizing:
A couple hours later, she tweeted again saying:
As we mention, GLAAD has said that Rowling has refused offers to have a dialogue with them to discuss the negative impact of misinformation about the LGBTQIA+ community. You can read more about that here.
Later in the day, transgender activist Nicola Spurling took to Twitter with an article from The Guardian about The Ickabog. Her caption read:
Hours later, after the whole thread had been deleted, Spurling tweeted:
On June 6th, at the height of the global racial justice protests against police brutality, during Pride month, and set against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, JKR decided now was the time to provoke further and continue her transphobic crusade. She tweeted an article titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate” with the following commentary:
After bullying a fan, she tweeted again:
In response to someone urging her to “please talk to some queer people”, she said:
And in response to another twitter user who suggested JKR and her friend who made the phone call were TERFs, she tweeted:
After highlighting messages that I’m sure she felt were attacks on her, she composed her longest statements so far (until June 6th, that is):
Finally, JKR tweeted a second article titled “Anonymous Letter From A Terrified Lesbian” with the accompanying quote:
During our recording, actor Daniel Radcliffe released a statement with The Trevor Project, titled "Daniel Radcliffe Responds To J.K. Rowling's Tweets On Gender Identity". You can read that here.
Additional information was gathered using these sources: