J.K. Rowling’s ‘dehumanizing’ misgendering post reported to UK police, TV personality says

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J.K. Rowling’s ‘dehumanizing’ misgendering post reported to UK police, TV personality says:-Indian TV host India Willoughby says she has told U.K. police that “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling misgendering her on social media. Rowling has been vocally against transgender people in recent years.

J.K. Rowling’s ‘dehumanizing’ misgendering post reported to UK police, TV personality says

In an interview with Byline TV that came out Wednesday, Willoughby, co-host of the famous ITV talk show “Loose Women,” said that she “reported J.K. Rowling to the police for what she said.” Willoughby also said that she had talked to Northumbria Police about the problem “yesterday.”

On Monday, someone shared a GIF of Willoughby dancing in a comment thread under one of Rowling’s posts on X, which used to be Twitter. This made the co-host of “Loose Women” famous. “India didn’t become a woman,” the British author said. India is dressing up as a sexist man’s idea of what a woman should be like.

Willoughby said in the interview, “It is very offensive that J.K. Rowling would choose to misgender me when she knows who I am.” It’s an act of hate.

“I don’t know if (the police report is) going to be treated as a hate crime, malicious communications, but it’s a cut-and-dried offence, as far as I’m concerned,” she stated.

News outlets in the United States have been contacted by USA TODAY to get their opinions.

J.K. Rowling responds to India Willoughby’s claims on social media

Rowling wrote a five-part response to Willoughby’s interview on Wednesday. In the first part, she said she has a “clearly winnable case against India Willoughby for defamation” and that “India’s obsessive targeting of me over the past few years may meet the legal threshold for harassment.”

In the next posts, Rowling said, “The Forstater ruling made it clear that gender-critical views can be protected by the law as philosophy.” There is no law that says people have to act like India is a woman.

It was a 2021 case called Forstater. In that case, an employment appeal tribunal said that the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and the Equality Act 2010’s section on “religion or belief” protected “gender-critical beliefs,” such as the belief that “sex is immutable and not to be conflated with gender identity.”

“This judgement does not mean that those with gender-critical beliefs can ‘misgender’ trans persons with impunity,” the decision says. “The Claimant, like everyone else, will continue to be subject to the prohibitions on discrimination and harassment that apply to everyone else.”

Rowling said, “Aware as I am that it’s an offence to lie to law enforcement, I’ll simply have to explain to the police that, in my view, India is a classic example of the male narcissist who lives in a state of perpetual rage that he can’t compel women to take him at his own valuation.”

Rowling has gotten a lot of criticism and support since she wrote a bunch of posts in 2020 that mixed up sex and gender and supported ideas that changing your actual sex is dangerous to your gender identity. Since then, Rowling has spoken out more and more about how she feels about transgender people.

J.K. Rowling's 'dehumanizing' misgendering post reported to UK police, TV personality says

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J.K. Rowling’s post led to ‘deluge’ of ‘absolutely disgusting’ comments, India Willoughby said

Willoughby called Rowling’s post “insulting” in an interview with Byline TV. It makes people seem so less human. I’m sick and tired of it. It is also a hate crime at the end of the day. In the same way that race and sexuality are protected traits, so is transgender identity.

“I am a woman no matter what J.K. Rowling says,” she said. I have done everything that was asked of me. My passport and birth papers both say I am a woman. The law recognises me as a woman.

Lots of people have said horrible things on social media about Rowling’s X post. Willoughby called them “absolutely disgusting, putrid, some of the worst abuse I’ve ever seen on social media.”

“Having that downpour is really hard,” she said. She came to the conclusion that “transphobia isn’t taken seriously” in the UK.

In a nationwide survey done by the U.K. Government Equalities Office in 2018, 41% of transgender people said they had been the victim of a hate crime or incident because of their gender identity in the previous year. The Equality Act of 2010 says that “gender reassignment” is a protected trait that “legally protects people from discrimination in the workplace and in wider society.”

J.K. Rowling’s comments about transgender people date back to 2019

Rowling first got in trouble in 2019 when she posted a message of support for Maya Forstater on X. Forstater is a researcher who lost her job at a think tank for saying that people can’t change their biological sex.

In response, GLAAD released a statement criticising Rowling for supporting “an anti-science ideology that denies the basic humanity of transgender people.” The idea that trans men, trans women, and non-binary people are dangerous puts trans people in danger.

A few months later, Rowling caused a stir when she criticised a story on the website devex.com. The word “people who menstruate” was added to the op-ed to make it more inclusive. Rowling wrote on X, “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people.” “Please help me.” How about Wumben? A wimp? What the fuck?”

Rowling stood firm after criticism, saying that her life “has been shaped by being female” and defending her words that made transgender people feel less welcome while saying she still supports them.

In a series of X posts, she said, “I know and love trans people, but erasing the idea of sex makes it impossible for many to have meaningful conversations about their lives.” “It’s not hate to tell the truth… I believe that every trans person has the right to live their life in any way that makes them feel true to themselves and at ease. If you were being treated badly because you are trans, I would march with you. At the same time, being a woman has shaped my life. I don’t think it’s mean to say that.”

Over the past year, Rowling talked about the negative comments people have made about her on the show “The Witch Trials of J.K. Rowling.”

“I absolutely knew that if I spoke out, many people who would love my books would be deeply unhappy with me,” Rowling stated. “Time will show if I’m wrong about this.” I have given it a lot of thought and thought about it for a long time. I promise I have listened to the other side.

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