‘I wish you a very nice pipe bomb in the mailbox’: JK Rowling calls out troll who tweeted death threat at her by saying how failed bids to ‘cancel’ her have left them with ‘only one place left to go’
- An account entitled ‘Sam (Egocom Arc)’ tweeted sick threat to author last night
- In response author bravely hit back, saying critics had failed in bid to cancel her
- 55-year-old has faced barrage of hate from ‘trans allies’ over comments last June
JK Rowling today called out a Twitter troll who tweeted a death threat at her by saying failed attempts to cancel her over comments she made about trans issues have left critics with ‘only one place to go’.
An account entitled ‘Sam (Egocom Arc)’ told the author last night: ‘I wish you a nice pipe bomb in mailbox [sic]’. Ms Rowling bravely hit back and hailed her publishing success despite a barrage of social media hate.
She wrote: ‘To be fair, when you can’t get a woman sacked, arrested or dropped by her publisher, and cancelling her only made her book sales go up, there’s really only one place to go.’
An account entitled ‘Sam (Egocom Arc)’ told the author last night: ‘I wish you a nice pipe bomb in mailbox [sic]’, prompting her to bravely hit back
Ms Rowling had in recent days been sent porn by zealots in the latest bid to punish her for speaking out on transgender issues.
The 55-year-old author has faced ongoing accusations of transphobia after publishing a blog post in which she argued that biological sex is real.
She also took issue with an article referring to ‘people who menstruate’, posting the withering tweet last June: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’
Earlier this year New Zealand book festival Wairarapa reportedly dropped a Harry Potter-themed event due to the comments.
She has been branded a ‘TERF’ – or Trans-exclusionary Radical Feminist – by some transgender activists.
Meanwhile, last year critics claimed the author could ‘end up in the dock’ due to Scotland’s sweeping new hate crime laws.
However, Ms Rowling is still achieving spectacular literary success, with her Cormoran Strike series – written under the penname Robert Galbraith – recently hitting a record of 100,000 audio downloads.
Today the literary legend was praised for hitting back against the troll, whose account now appears to have been suspended.
Dr Jessica Taylor wrote: ‘I’m absolutely disgusted. I’m so sorry. You shouldn’t be the target of their hatred and rage. No woman should. I’m just appalled. I can’t imagine the personal impact on you x’
Ms Rowling (pictured) had in recent days been sent porn by zealots in the latest bid to punish her for speaking out on transgender issues
Ms Rowling was praised for hitting back against the troll, whose account now appears to have been suspended.
A second user wrote: ‘Tragic. It’s sad when people say disgusting things like this because they disagree with someone. I don’t always agree with @jk_rowling but I’d never wish her harm or anyone for that matter.’
Ms Rowling’s representatives declined to issue a statement on the death threat, while Police Scotland has been contacted for comment.
Another Twitter user called on social media companies to remove anonymity for users in order to crack down on similar abuse.
The same demand was made by Piers Morgan after black England players Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were abused by racist trolls after missing penalties in the Euros final against Italy.
At least four people have now been arrested under the Malicious Communications Act, which carries a maximum 12-month sentence – including Savills estate agent Andrew Bone, 37, who branded the trio ‘n*****s’.
In 2019, Brexit-supporting troll Jarod Kirkman, 51, was sentenced to 10 months in jail for sending death threats and racist messages to seven politicians, including former Conservative cabinet minister Nicky Morgan and Labour’s David Lammy.
Last June, Rowling sparked controversy when she questioned the use of the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ instead of the word ‘woman’ and went on to insist that the concept of sex is real
Some messages, sent through the MPs’ websites, had the subject lines ‘Brexit traitor’ and ‘Brexit loser’ with menacing email addresses such as MPdeadpoliticianwalking.com and Putinfsb.ru.
Kirkman emailed Heidi Allen, of the Independent Group, saying: ‘Your days are f****g numbered b****. Will it be polonium or novichok? Either way you will never know, expect it soon.’
Threats to kill can be prosecuted under separate legislation, the Offences against the Person Act 1861, which can see offenders locked up for 10 years. Judges give higher sentences for threats that specifically state a method of killing.
Rowling was accused of transphobia last year when she reacted to an online article entitled ‘Opinion: Creating a more equal post COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.’
”People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’ the award-winning writer tweeted to her 14.2million followers.
Some Twitter users branded the screenwriter’s remarks ‘anti-trans’ and ‘transphobic’, as transgender, non-binary and gender-nonconforming individuals can also menstruate.
JK Rowling pictured with Rupert Grint, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in 2001. All three publicly criticised her for her comments
The writer stood by her tweet and later wrote: ‘If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction.
‘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.’
Her comments led to a massive backlash with criticism coming from Harry Potter stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne.
But she was backed by celebrities including Harry Potter star Ralph Fiennes, who branded the ‘level of hatred’ directed at the author ‘disturbing’.
Shockingly, a hashtag calling for the author’s death was the number one trending tag on Twitter in October last year.
Following the original tweet, Rowling posted a 3,663 word essay on her personal website revealing she was sexually assaulted in her twenties.
It told of the domestic violence she allegedly suffered in her first marriage to Portuguese journalism student Jorge Arantas, which she described as ‘violent’.
The author has denied claims of transphobia and insisted she ‘respects every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them’.
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