JK Rowling defended by author for open letter on free speech
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JK Rowling hit out at three activists who posted her address online and stood outside her home holding signs which read: “Don’t be a cissy”, “Trans liberation now” and “Trans rights are human rights”.The Harry Potter author shared a lengthy post on Twitter today telling fans she had also received “so many death threats I could paper the house with them”.
Naga Munchetty, 46, shared the post on her own account, as she hit out at the haters.
She wrote: “I’m so shocked that anyone is subjected to this amount of hatred.
“Disagree with someone, by all means. To threaten their safety & security?
“What on earth is going on that it has got to this?”
The 56-year-old first came under fire in June 2020 for controversial tweets she shared about the transgender community.
JK seemingly took issue with an op-ed piece she retweeted about “people who menstruate”.
She tweeted at the time: “‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
In a further tweet, she clarified that she loved and respected trans people, but “erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth”.
JK went on to say: “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.”
In her latest tweets, she thanked fans for reporting the leaked images of her address online and praised the police for looking into it.
She wrote: “I have to assume that IAmGeorgiaFrost, hollywstars and Richard-Energy- thought doxxing me would intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights.
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“They should have reflected on the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out. Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us.”
The Twitter accounts which shared the snaps have now been removed and police are investigating.
JK went on to say she had been contacted by several other women, who had been subjected to campaigns of intimation, which ranged from being harassed on social media to direct threats of violence and rape.
“None of these women are protected in the way I am,” she penned.
“They and their families have been put into a state of fear and distress for no other reason than that they refuse to uncritically accept that the socio-political concept of gender identity should replace that of sex.”
Naga has also been subjected to trolls on social media over the years.
She however has said she didn’t acknowledge peoples’ negative opinions, because, she claims, it’s them who are the problem.
The presenter wrote: “What motivates someone to get on to Twitter or Instagram to say, ‘This person is ugly’ or ‘I hate this person’?”
She added: “If someone has actively gone to their phone to type that, there’s got to be something deeply miserable in their lives. So I don’t care about them. I just don’t care.”
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