Did JK Rowling block Stephen King on Twitter for supporting trans women? Internet says 'we've lost respect'
After making headlines for her anti-trans tweet, JK Rowling has come under fire once again for allegedly unfollowing and blocking Stephen King on all social media platforms. It all started with a tweet that she shared on June 28 on her personal Twitter handle.
Rowling shared, "Andrea Dworkin wrote: 'Men often react to women’s words — speaking and writing — as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence.' It isn't hateful for women to speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so." When King re-tweeted her post, the ‘Harry Potter’ author praised him for standing up for the rights of women. She tweeted, "I’ve always revered @StephenKing, but today my love reached - maybe not Annie Wilkes levels - but new heights. It’s so much easier for men to ignore women's concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen."
However when one Twitter user asked King to address Rowling’s old posts that were severely criticized, saying, "You should address the TERF tweet. BY telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women," the author responded, "Yes. Trans women are women." Looks like King’s response wasn’t well-received by Rowling as she went on to delete her previous tweet admiring King. Some have even suggested that she unfollowed and "blocked" him on social media. On noticing Rowling’s reaction to King’s statement, internet users took to Twitter to express their disappointment.
While one wrote, "I ended my relationship with JK Rowling. I feel much better. In the long run, I prefer people that don't have so many hang ups. Plus, as fun as Harry Potter is, Stephen King is my Childhood idol. Being on the wrong side of history dear, isn't a pretty look." Another said, "Really disappointed that you stopped following Stephen King bc he said Transwomen are women. I thought you were pro-women not anti-Transwomen. We need new voices leading the charge. New influencers. The elite are just out of touch." Meanwhile, another Twitter user has noted that they have come to love King more after the latest occurrence. "I’ve lost all respect and use for JK Rowling over her homophobic behavior. I love Stephen King even more if possible!!”