J.K. Rowling posted and deleted a tweet praising Stephen King Sunday.
The Harry Potter author, who recently faced backlash after she issued tweets that many labelled transphobic, shared a quote from feminist writer Andrea Dworkin over the weekend, which King retweeted.
Rowling then posted of King in a since-deleted tweet shared by Yahoo!:
However, King then insisted “Trans women are women” when replying to a social media user on Twitter, and Rowling’s tweet appeared to disappear off her profile.
Yes. Trans women are women.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 28, 2020
The Rowling controversy began when she shared a link to an article about menstrual health, taking issue with the inclusive language describing “girls, women, and gender non-binary persons” as “people who menstruate.” Twitter users labelled her comments transphobic and anti-trans.
Before her King tweet Sunday, Rowling had been posting about British Labour Co-operative politician Lloyd Russell-Moyle, who accused her of using her own story as “justification” for discriminating against trans people, the Guardian reported. He has since apologized.
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 speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so. 8/9
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 28, 2020
Rowling previously penned a lengthy blog post following the anti-trans comments, speaking about how she was a survivor of sexual assault and domestic abuse.
Numerous celebs, including “Harry Potter” stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, have made it clear they don’t agree with the anti-trans comments of Rowling’s posts.
Rowling’s rep refused to comment on the deleted King post when approached by ET Canada.