Stephen King has claimed J.K. Rowling ‘cancelled him’ after the U.S. horror author said ‘trans women are women’.
The Harry Potter author, 55, deleted a tweet declaring her love for King in June last year and blocked him after he voiced his support for transgender women.
Now King, 73, has claimed the pair fell out after Rowling ‘cancelled him’ and said he believes her views on trans people is ‘wrong’.
Rowling fell victim to ‘cancel culture’ when a literary festival in New Zealand scrapped plans for Harry Potter-themed events over her comments on gender issues.
But now King has claimed Jo was not ‘cancelled’ for expressing her views on whether men who identify as women are the same as biological females. Instead, he said she is the one who cancelled him.
Stephen King (left) has claimed J.K. Rowling (right) ‘cancelled him’ after the U.S. author said ‘trans women are women’
‘Jo cancelled me,’ King told the Daily Beast. ‘She sorta blocked me and all that.’
King then went on to say that while Rowling has a ‘right to her opinion’, her belief is ‘wrong’.
‘Here’s the thing: She is welcome to her opinion,’ he said. ‘That’s the way the world works.
‘If she thinks that trans women are dangerous, or that trans women are somehow not women, or whatever problem she has with it — the idea that someone “masquerading” as a woman is going to assault a “real” woman in the toilet —if she believes all those things, she has a right to her opinion.’
Rowling deleted a tweet declaring her love for King in June last year after he had voiced support for transgender women.
Rowling shared a quote from the late feminist and author Andrea Dworkin amid a much longer thread concerning recent comments made by British Labour MP Lloyd Russell-Moyle.
The Harry Potter author, 55, deleted a tweet declaring her love for King in June last year and blocked him after he voiced his support for transgender women
King was then asked for clarification on his views by a fan, who said: ‘You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women.’ He replied: ‘Yes. Trans women are women’
Russell-Moyle claimed the author was ‘using her own sexual assault’ to justify her controversial views on transgender issues in an article for left-wing magazine Tribune. He has since apologized for the remarks.
Toward the end of a lengthy Twitter thread concerning Russell-Moyle’s apology, Rowling shared the quote about how men often ‘react to women’s words – speaking and writing – as if they were acts of violence.’
King then shared the quote with his 5.9 million followers, and Rowling then tweeted that her love for the author had reached ‘new heights.’
She added: ‘I’ve always revered Stephen King, but today my love reached – maybe not Annie Wilkes levels – but new heights.
‘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.’
King was then asked for clarification on his views by a fan, who said: ‘You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women.’
He replied: ‘Yes. Trans women are women.’
Following his comment, Rowling deleted her post praising the author.
Now King, 73, has claimed the pair fell out after Rowling ‘cancelled him’ by blocking him and believes her views on trans people is ‘wrong’
King told the news site: ‘And that’s what she got angry about – my opinion. ‘It’s like the old saying: “I don’t agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it”.’
King continued: ‘So nobody has “cancelled” J.K. Rowling. She’s doing fine. I just felt that her belief was, in my opinion, wrong.
‘We have differing opinions, but that’s life.’
He added: ‘But keep in mind too that Jo’s opinion on trans women is an outlier in her entire political spectrum.
‘She was very much anti-Brexit and very much anti-Trump. She’s on the side of the angels in most respects, but she does have this one thing that she’s very vehement about. No doubt.’
Rowling 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’ and posted the tweet: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’
Her comments sparked fury on social media, with users demanding her books be boycotted.
Stung by criticism, the writer – whose Harry Potter books have sold more than 500 million copies worldwide – sought to justify her decision to speak out in a deeply personal essay.
Recalling how the trauma of ‘a serious sexual assault I suffered in my twenties’ had informed her thinking about the trans issue and women’s rights, Rowling explained: ‘Like every other domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor I know, I feel nothing but empathy and solidarity with trans women who’ve been abused by men.’
Shockingly, a hashtag calling for the author’s death was the number one trending tag on Twitter in October last year.