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The once-beloved children’s author is working herself up over Scotland’s new bias law.


U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has jumped to defend J.K. Rowling, who is once again using her one wild and precious life to post obsessively about transgender women instead of doing literally anything else with her hundreds of millions of dollars.

The Harry Potter author took to X, formerly Twitter, on April 1 to share her thoughts on Scotland’s new Hate Crime Act, which went into effect the same day. The law criminalizes “stirring up hatred” related to age, disability, religion, sexual orientation, trans identity, or being intersex, as the BBC reported. “Stirring up hatred” is further defined as communicating or behaving in a way “that a reasonable person would consider to be threatening or abusive” against a protected group. The offense is punishable by imprisonment of up to seven years, a fine, or both.

In response to the legislation, Rowling posted a long thread naming several prominent trans women in the U.K., including Mridul Wadhwa, the CEO of the Edinburgh Rape Crisis Centre, and activist Munroe Bergdorf. Since it was April Fool’s day, Rowling decided to commemorate it by sarcastically affirming the womanhood of all the people she named in her thread. In the same breath that she said that a convicted child predator was “rightly sent to a women’s prison,” she also called out a number of trans women making anodyne comments about inclusion, seemingly implying that trans identity is inherently predatory.

read more: https://www.them.us/story/jk-rowling-rishi-sunak-social-media-trans

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[–] [email protected] 59 points 3 months ago (1 children)

What a sad life this woman leads. All the money in the world and she can't find a semblance of purpose.

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago

She and Musk should go on a trip together. To Mars.

[–] [email protected] 47 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Hopefully the cops oblige her, but I'm pretty sure she's too rich to actually experience any consequences.

[–] [email protected] 40 points 3 months ago (4 children)

They've already said it doesn't meet the criminal threshold and they will not be arresting her.

Bitter old troll still got her 15 minutes of fame I guess.

[–] [email protected] 3 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Just because they refuse to even prosecute Rowling, it doesn't mean she hasn't broken the law.

The wording of the actual law is so loose and woolly that I would absolutely include Rowling under it. She's definitely been abusive/threatening to trans-people, and definitely been stirring up hatred. I think a reasonable person would agree. She should at least be prosecuted.

The problem is that the law doesn't explicitly specify a severity threshold of said abuse, and the real reason they won't arrest Rowling is that it would cause way too much hassle for the government and expose how shit the law is, as she actually has enough money and lawyers to fight it.

Imagine a few years down the line when a properly fascist government gets hold of this. The Tories are already looking for a way to arrest pro-Palestine protesters.

This article has more info and what the law actually says https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-68703684

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[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

She got more than enough fame already.

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[–] [email protected] 32 points 3 months ago

Woulda cost her nothing to just not say anything.

[–] [email protected] 27 points 3 months ago (21 children)
[–] [email protected] 23 points 3 months ago

Nah, wait till she decides she is properly untouchable and definitely crosses the line and the case is a slam dunk.

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[–] [email protected] 15 points 3 months ago (3 children)

Scotland should really leave the shithole that is U.K. It would be better off in every way having its own policies.

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago (1 children)

Scotland is worse for this kind of shit than the rest of the UK. They arrested and convicted a guy over a skit where his pug did a 'nazi salute' to the audio of a Hitler speech

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago* (last edited 3 months ago) (1 children)

Good. People who make jokes about shit have been proven time and time again to secretly believe it themselves. Nazi down.

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[–] [email protected] 15 points 3 months ago

Dedicated her life to drumming up transphobic hate. Pathetic

[–] [email protected] 12 points 3 months ago

The rich have far too much power in the world.

[–] [email protected] 10 points 3 months ago (1 children)

This bitch is fucking nuts

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago

Narcissism is a helluva drug.

[–] [email protected] 10 points 3 months ago (44 children)
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[–] [email protected] 8 points 3 months ago

I hate that we keep having to give attention to this dumb bitch

[–] [email protected] 8 points 3 months ago

She got the money. No jailtime for her. If she was poor she would already br in jail by now.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 3 months ago (1 children)

You have to wonder how a guy named Rishi Sunak justifies supporting her.

But I guess it's done so that people hate on trans people instead of people with a similar name or skin color as his. When in reality everyone just hates him because of his politics and personality

[–] [email protected] 16 points 3 months ago

His ethnicity is “billionaire”.

[–] [email protected] 5 points 3 months ago

she knows this will not happen

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago (1 children)

You can't arrest someone for being an idiot usually

[–] [email protected] 4 points 3 months ago

Sure you can. Manslaughter, reckless endangerment, contributing to the delinquency of a minor. All have a component of "sure you didn't do this maliciously, but FUCK you should have known better, moron"

[–] [email protected] 2 points 3 months ago

Very critical support to the cops

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