J.K. Rowling lashes out at media outlet for not ID'ing killer as transgender: 'This is not a woman'

J.K. Rowling lashes out at media outlet for not ID'ing killer as transgender: 'This is not a woman'
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The "Harry Potter" author, long called out by the trans community and allies, posted that she was "so sick of this s---" after a transgender woman sentenced for murder was referred to as a woman.

J.K. Rowling is once again voicing her controversial opinions on the transgender community, hitting back at a gruesome Sky News report that identifies a murderer who is trans as a woman.

"I'm so sick of this shit," Rowling wrote alongside a news report about Scarlet Blake, a transgender woman found guilty of the murder of a man four months after she filmed herself torturing a cat and putting the animal in a blender. "This is not a woman. These are #NotOurCrimes."

Rowling also shared a post by The Guardian writer Louise Tickle, who called out her own publication for not identifying Blake as a transgender woman in its trial coverage. The Harry Potter author added in a follow-up: “1. Crime statistics are rendered useless if violent and sexual attacks committed by men are recorded as female crimes. 2. Activists are already clamouring for this sadistic killer to be incarcerated in a women’s prison. 3. Ideologically-driven misinformation is not journalism.”

Rowling first courted controversy for stances that have been widely perceived as transphobic in 2020, when she tweeted, among other comments, that “if sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.” She claimed early last year in a podcast interview that her remarks have been "profoundly" "misunderstood" and that she had little concern over a tarnished legacy.

"You know, what a pompous way to live your life walking around thinking, ‘What will my legacy be?’ Whatever, I’ll be dead," Rowling said. "I care about now. I care about the living."

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Rowling's comments over the years have been condemned by notable Harry Potter actors, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, and Eddie Redmayne, while Helena Bonham Carter and Ralph Fiennes have come to her defense. While much of the Potter fandom have shunned the author, Warner Bros. retained Rowling as executive producer for the upcoming Harry Potter TV series.

Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO and Max content, evaded questions about the controversy at a press presentation early last year. "That's a very online conversation, very nuanced and complicated and not something we're going to get into," Bloys said. "Our priority is what's on the screen. Obviously, the Harry Potter story is incredibly affirmative and positive and about love and self-acceptance. That's our priority — what's on screen."

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