Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling deleted a tweet expressing praise for author Stephen King shortly after he rebuked her transphobic online screed.
On Sunday, Rowling took to Twitter to once again declare that transgender women are really just “men” [who] “demand that we (women) give up our hard won sex-based rights” including female-gendered spaces such as restrooms, prisons, and locker rooms.
The author also shared statistics about women sexually assaulted by men in locker rooms in an apparent attempt to paint trans women as sexual predators.
One of the tweets in Rowling’s 9-tweet thread quoted author Andrea Dworkin’s words: “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.”
Rowling quickly praised King after she noticed he had retweeted this particular tweet quoting Dworkin’s words, writing: “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.”
A fan who saw that King had retweeted Rowling then publicly tagged King in a tweet that read, “You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women.”
King quickly responded, “Yes. Trans women are women.”
Yes. Trans women are women.
— Stephen King (@StephenKing) June 28, 2020
Rowling then deleted her tweet praising King.