It might appear odd to attempt to make a racist transphobe a sympathetic character, however hey, that’s J.Ok. Rowling for you. The creator’s newest ebook, The Ink Black Coronary heart, is all a couple of content material creator who’s persecuted for being transphobic — a novel thought, contemplating Rowling’s historical past.
The Ink Black Coronary heart is a part of Rowling’s crime sequence Cormoran Strike and is written underneath the pseudonym Robert Galbraith. Within the ebook, YouTube cartoon creator Edie Ledwell is criticized for being racist, ableist, and transphobic in her work (per Rolling Stone). Quickly sufficient, she’s doxxed with pictures of her residence unfold on-line and receives dying and rape threats.
You’d be proper to imagine Rowling obtained the thought for The Ink Black Coronary heart from her personal life, since she has, lately, tweeted her assist for a researcher who was fired from her job for being transphobic, mocked the gender-inclusive phrase “individuals who menstruate,” blocked Stephen King on Twitter for NOT being transphobic, stated individuals who take hormones are exhibiting “pure laziness,” made a person carrying a costume the villain in a novel, and criticized a invoice in Scotland that makes it simpler for people to legally change their gender.
Nonetheless, regardless of all this proof (which, if that listing was too lengthy for you, Rowling summed up her beliefs in a tidy 3,600-word transphobic manifesto), Rowling insists The Ink Black Coronary heart was not impressed by her personal life. “I want to be very clear that I haven’t written this ebook as a solution to something that occurred to me,” the creator wrote on her web site, stating that she wrote the novel earlier than her personal Web backlash got here to a head. In any case, it seems like the proper various to bathroom paper.