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Why 'RIP JK Rowling' is trending, even though the author is still alive - Insider

The Harry Potter author is not dead. Fans are furious after her latest book featured a villain based on a common transphobic trope.
  • JK Rowling was trending on Twitter on Monday under the hashtag #RIPJKRowling.
  • The author is not dead, but fans are angry after it emerged her latest book features a male serial killer who wears a dress to dupe and murder his female victims. 
  • People are connecting this storyline to Rowling's history of controversial statements about transgender people.
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The children's author JK Rowling is being "canceled" on Twitter after it emerged her latest book featured a male killer who wears dresses as he kills his female victims.

It follows a string of comments Rowling has made about transgender people, making fun of gender-inclusive terms, and calling for an end to gender-affirming care for young trans people.  

Jake Kerridge of The Telegraph wrote the novel's "moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress," and features a male serial killer who wears a dress to kill his cisgender female victims.

As explored in the Netflix documentary "Disclosure," the trope of a "male killer in a dress" implies transgender women are violent murderers and psychopaths. It has been used in films like "Silence of the Lambs" and "Psycho." 

Twitter users are voicing their discontent once again using the hashtag #RIPJKRowling. 

Twitter users compared Rowling to Harry Potter villains
—Serena Daniari (@serenajazmine) September 14, 2020
—Jen Richards (@SmartAssJen) September 14, 2020
—Tom Riddle ➐ (@TheRealTRiddle) September 14, 2020
—fer is looking for hp moots (@70sDRACO_) September 14, 2020
—Art (@_artsartsarts) September 14, 2020

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