J.K. Rowling is causing controversy again, again wading into the debate about transgender people by criticizing Scottish police for allowing rape suspects to self-identify as female.
The “Harry Potter” author who has previously been accused of making transphobic comments. She took to Twitter on Sunday by sharing an article from The Times of London titled “Absurdity of police logging rapists as women”
“War is Peace. Freedom is Slavery. Ignorance is Strength. The Penised Individual Who Raped You Is a Woman,” Rowling wrote, referencing Newspeak in George Orwell’s “1984.”
She then linked to the news article, which stated, “Police Scotland said that they would log rapes as being carried out by a woman if the accused person insists, even if they have not legally changed gender.”
Thousands of fans immediately hit out at Rowling, with many accusing her of having an unhealthy fixation on trans issues. “You literally have a castle and you spend your time doing this,” podcaster Rob Rousseau wrote. “What a weird hill to die on Rowling,” producer Brett Erlich added.
Rowling told Good Housekeeping last year that she’s been inundated with supportive messages for her controversial stance, saying he’s received a flurry of letters since speaking out on trans issues more than 90% of which reportedly have been positive.