JK Rowling has come under fire over her new book, Troubled Blood, which features a cross-dressing serial killer.
It comes just a few months after the Harry Potter author was accused of making anti-trans comments on Twitter.
Rowling, 55, is set to release Troubled Blood under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith on September 15. The novel follows Private Detective Cormoran Strike as he tries to solve the disappearance of a woman in Cornwall in 1974, only to come up against a psychopathic serial killer.
However, the murderous character has received particular criticism for disguising himself in women’s clothing to commit his horrific crimes.
Details of the killer were first revealed in a review by The Telegraph, which claimed that ‘the meat of the book is the investigation into a cold case’ which is the disappearance of Margot Bamborough, thought to have been a victim of Dennis Creed, described in the piece as ‘a transvestite serial killer’.
The reviewer added: ‘One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress.’
Reacting to the description, one Twitter user commented: ‘Meanwhile over in the real world the number of trans people killed in Brazil has risen by 70% this past year, young trans women are left to burn in cars and men who kill us (for being trans) are pardoned and sent home.’
Another weighed in: ‘JK Rowling is really out here policing gender identity when she literally identifies as a man to sell more books.?!!’
One also said: ‘So apparently JK Rowling’s latest book features a man who cross-dresses to murder women. In case, you know, there was ANY remaining doubt about her trash beliefs.’
In June, the British author became embroiled in controversy when she commented on a story with a headline that read: ‘Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.’
Taking issue with the phrasing, JK wrote: ‘”People who menstruate”. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’
Her remark was immediately hit by a backlash, with many branding the writer transphobic and explaining that it’s not just cis-gender women who mensturate.
Harry Potter stars Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe spoke out in support of the trans community, seemingly denouncing Rowling’s earlier comments.
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