JK Rowling Would ‘Happily’ Do Prison Time for Controversial Transgender Views

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JK Rowling admits that she would rather spend time behind bars than to refer to transgender women as women.

The Harry Potter author has once again raised her controversial opinions on the transgender community and the use of pronouns.

As of late, the author posted a photo on social media that featured the text “Repeat after us: Trans women are women.” In response, she wrote, “No.”

When a commenter seemed to reference a report on the U.K.’s Labour Party working to incorporate transphobic abuse — including referring to someone with a pronoun they do not use — under hate crime legislation that would make offenses punishable by up to two years of imprisonment, Rowling essentially said she’d serve her time.

“I’ll happily do two years if the alternative is compelled speech and forced denial of the reality and importance of sex,” she wrote on X, formerly known as Twitter.

“Bring on the court case, I say. It’ll be more fun than I’ve ever had on a red carpet,” she continued before specifying which prison duties would best suit her. “Hoping for the library, obviously, but I think I could do okay in the kitchen. Laundry might be a problem. I have a tendency to shrink stuff/turn it pink accidentally. Guessing that won’t be an issue if it’s mostly scrubs and sheets, though.”


J.K. Rowling arrives at the "Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore" world premiere at The Royal Festival Hall on March 29, 2022 in London, England.
LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 29: J.K. Rowling arrives at the “Fantastic Beasts: The Secret of Dumbledore” world premiere at The Royal Festival Hall on March 29, 2022 in London, England. (Photo by Stuart C. Wilson/Getty Images)

Rowling first faced backlash for her beliefs in 2020, when she criticized an op-ed that used the phrase “people who menstruate.”

“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” she said at the time. “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

Rowling has continued to double down on her stance on gender despite pushback, including from Harry Potter film stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint.

Casey Bloys, chairman and CEO of HBO and Max content, also evaded questions as of late regarding the controversy around Rowling at a press conference earlier this year.

“I don’t think this is the forum,” Bloys said. “That’s a very online conversation, very nuanced and complicated and not something we’re going to get into. 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.”


Rowling has continued to double down on her transgender views as they have come up online after this incident.

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