Celebs accused of homophobia and transphobia

J.K. Rowling's most recent book features woman who is murdered after being accused of transphobia

Stars Insider

01/09/22 | StarsInsider


As if the world weren't difficult enough for the LGBTQ+ community, plenty of celebrities have used their wide-reaching platforms to make homophobic and/or transphobic comments. While some of these remarks appear born out of carelessness, others seemed to have plenty of intent behind them. And whereas some have apologized, others have certainly not. 

J.K. Rowling is perhaps the most famous figure to have publicly engaged in transphobic rhetoric, and stand her ground. The 'Harry Potter' author has been identified as a TERF, or trans-exclusionary radical feminist, and has expressed the belief that trans rights inevitably detract from women's rights. Her comments devastated a generation of fans of her books and led to swift backlash every time she spoke out on gender issues. She has come under fire again with the release of her book 'The Ink Black Heart,' the fourth installment in her popular detective series centered on the character Cormoran Strike. The plot involves the murder of a popular YouTube content creator after one of her videos is deemed racist and transphobic. The book seems to villainize 'Social Justice Warriors,' the same people who fueled the demise of Rowling's public image. 

Rowling has spoken out on the parallels with her own situation but claims there is no connection. “I had written the book before certain things happened to me online. I said to my husband, ‘I think everyone is going to see this as a response to what happened to me,’ but it genuinely wasn’t. The first draft of the book was finished at the point certain things happened," she explained in an interview with Graham Norton. Rowling first came under fire in 2020, but even if the book was written before then, she has admitted that her interests and concerns about gender politics began several years earlier. 

Click on to find out more about her fall from grace, and see which other stars have faced swift and immense backlash.

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