JK Rowling has been quiet on Twitter since the release of her newest book, which saw heavy backlash due to the subject matter.
However, she recently popped her head up again, this time to show off a new shirt she purchased and promote the business who sold it.
The problem? The business is also incredibly transphobic, selling a ton of merchandise with anti-trans messaging.
Few people are surprised at this point.
Sometimes a T-shirt just speaks to you…
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 22, 2020
The shirt JK Rowling purchased is innocuous enough. It reads “This Witch Doesn’t Burn” on cartoon ribbons.
But commenters quickly pointed out that the website also sells items under the category “Gender Critical”. This includes items such as stickers and badges with anti-trans messaging.
These include sayings such as:
“Transactivism is Misogyny”
“Lesbians Don’t Have Penises”
Internet commenters were up in arms over the promotion of the website.
That shop has 52 *explicitly* hateful items for sale.
This isn't feminism. pic.twitter.com/SX2BDt2XLM
— A Gilded Eye 🌈 (@AGildedEye) September 23, 2020
A blatant anti-trans store supports you with their merch and you still going to try and claim that you're not anti-trans…while promoting their merch? @jk_rowling you really disappoint me. #TransRightsAreHumanRightshttps://t.co/KZzKwprApz
— Bernadette M. Martinez (she/her/hers) (@BMMartinezWrite) September 25, 2020
Jk Rowling: calling me a terf is offensive i am not a terf. Here's a PAPER ON CANCEL CULTURE.
also jk rowling: here's a radfem store where you can buy this t-shirt.
— spoops🎃👻Granty 🌈🍖 (@grantairess) September 24, 2020
You aren't the misunderstood witch here. You are one of the rabid townspeople trying to see if the witch, or in your case, trans person, floats or drowns. https://t.co/7rBADELBDU
— claudia (@shrillandchill) September 24, 2020
J.K Rowling turning from the women who was basically responsible for half of my childhood into a transphobic Karen isn’t the character arc I was expecting but here we are https://t.co/r2hfSgmiSf
— americanpsychomemes he/him (@crazyfilmcritic) September 23, 2020
The website, Wild Womyn Workshop, is run by Angela C. Wild, who also co-founded the anti-trans group, “Get the L Out” which wishes to see lesbians’ rights promoted above gay, queer and of course, trans rights.
JK Rowling promoted this website, despite claims she is not trans-phobic after several anti-trans comments and releasing a book which has a cis male serial killer who dresses as a woman to trap his victims.
It’s easy to see why people aren’t a fan of her positions.
Yea this really screams support pic.twitter.com/iafEVBRKv3
— Riot grrrl (@transrebelvtwo) September 22, 2020
If I was the worlds most famous author with millions of followers, who is currently being accused of transphobia, I wouldn’t link to a store that sells blatantly transphobic items.
— Ben Wilson (@benljwilson1996) September 24, 2020
— TakedownMRAs (@TakedownMRAs) September 22, 2020
The brightest witch of her age: pic.twitter.com/AM4HWi4kkH
— Cee: Yes, That Author is Transphobic 🇪🇺🏳️🌈 (@phoenix_7_9) September 23, 2020
She literally posted a picture of the shirt, says where she got it, sent a link, encouraged people to buy it and then made it her pinned tweet. She’s telling people to support the store. She doesn’t have to go “I endorse this website” for her to be expressing her support?
— Lauren (@LoobyPainting) September 23, 2020
Despite this, there are consistently people advocating against trans rights under some guise of “science” or with the claim that it takes rights away from other people.
JK Rowling has not commented on the controversy of the web store’s controversial views, but if the past is anything to go by, she won’t.