J.K. Rowling says she's been targeted by 'trans activists' after blasting a pipe bomb death threat from a Twitter user

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J.K. Rowling says she's been targeted by 'trans activists' after blasting a pipe bomb death threat from a Twitter user
Author J.K. Rowling. Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP
  • J.K. Rowling shared a public response to a death threat she received from an internet troll.
  • A now-deleted account threatened Rowling with a pipe bomb.
  • Rowling added that "hundreds of trans activists" have threatened her with violence.

"Harry Potter" author J.K. Rowling said that she's been targeted by "hundreds of trans activists" after responding to a Twitter user who wished to put a "very nice pipe bomb" in her mailbox.

Rowling, who has received heavy criticism for her comments on transgender rights in the past, tweeted a screenshot of the death threat from the now-deleted Twitter account "@queerqegaard" on Monday.

In response, Rowling said: "To be fair, when you can't get a woman sacked, arrested, or dropped by her publisher, and canceling her only made her book sales go up, there's really only one place to go."

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Rowling then responded to another user who asked whether the death threat had been sent in response to her opposition to trans women using public bathrooms, which she detailed in a lengthy essay last year.

"Is this still because of her comments about the safety of women in toilets/changing rooms if men can use them by simply saying they identify as a woman?" the tweet read.

Rowling replied: "Yes, but now hundreds of trans activists have threatened to beat, rape, assassinate and bomb me I've realized that this movement poses no risk to women whatsoever."

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The author concluded her Twitter thread by telling her 14 million followers that it was time for her to return to work on her latest novel in the "Strike" detective series, which she pens under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

She tweeted: "To all the people sending me beautiful, kind, funny and supportive messages, thank you so much. Wish I had time to answer all of you, but Strike and Robin are at a tricky stage of their investigation, so I need to drop a few clues."

Rowling has been accused of transphobia since June 2020 after she took issue with a news article that used the phrase "people who menstruate," resulting in a thread of tweets in which she argued, "If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased."

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The author followed these tweets up with a lengthy post blog post in which she elaborated on her "gender critical" views and raised concerns over what she described as "the increasing numbers" of trans women who are de-transitioning.

The blog post was promptly criticized by several LGBTQ advocacy groups and medical professionals for containing scientific inaccuracies and perpetuating harmful beliefs about transgender people.

All of the principal actors in the film adaptations of "Harry Potter," including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Roberts, and Rupert Grint, distanced themselves from Rowling following her comments and voiced support for the trans community.

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