JK Rowling SLAMS Albie Amankona in online spat over trans rights

JK Rowling SLAMS Albie Amankona in online spat over trans rights

J.K Rowling claps back at GB News presenter

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Gabrielle Wilde

By Gabrielle Wilde

Published: 03/04/2024

- 08:56

Updated: 03/04/2024

- 10:24

JK Rowling has campaigned for the rights of women

JK Rowling hit back at Tory commentator Albie Amankona after he posted a tweet about a transgender woman.

The Harry Potter author has been under fire this week after posting various comments about transgender women and encouraging the Scottish police to "arrest me" under new hate laws.

Rowling is vocal about her views on biological sex and protecting same sex areas. She has also been criticised for "deliberately" calling transwomen "him" when they identify as a woman.

Talking to X, Albie wrote: "Like most Brits I am sympathetic to JK Rowling’s views on biological sex & the need for single-sex provisions. But I suspect like me, most Brits would find calling a trans woman who looks like Munroe Bergdorf “him” to be obtuse & mean-spirited, though not a criminal offence."

The Harry Potter author clapped back at the presenter and penned: "So if trans-identified men are pretty enough (as judged by you, a man) women ought to agree they're women? Femaleness has no relation whatsoever to how well an individual - man or woman - performs femininity to male standards. This is the very definition of misogyny."

JK Rowling Albie Amankona

J.K. Rowling slammed Albie Amankona's post


Speaking about the tweet on GB News, Albie said: " 11-year-old Albie inside me is so excited that JK Rowling knows who I am. I don't feel wounded at all because I still think it is obtuse and mean spirited to call a transwoman who passes as a woman him deliberately.

"I don't think that should be a crime. I think the law in Scotland which has come in is absolutely appalling and we should not be legislating this sort of thing. But it is just not the right thing to do to deliberately misgender someone."


Fellow GB News host Andrew Doyle argued: "I think it's important to understand what Rowling's perspective on this is. She's talking about the preservation of single sex spaces, women's only spaces, and therefore a lot of feminists and a lot of women want to use and do use pronouns according to biological sex rather than gender identity.

"And therefore it doesn't matter what someone looks like, what they resemble, what what characteristics they have, or how closely they align with gendered stereotypes. We're talking about biological reality."

JK RowlingJK Rowling urged Scottish police to 'arrest' her in a series of social media posts over the new Hate Crime and Public Order ActGetty

Albie argued: "I'm not talking about single sex spaces. I'm not talking about any of that. In fact, I made that very clear in the tweet if you actually read it.

"I actually say that I have sympathy with and I agree with JK Rowling's position on biological sex and the need for single sex spaces, but out of courtesy, I would call a trans woman who passes as a woman her or she, as opposed to calling them him deliberately.

"I would say that if you were going to call a trans woman him deliberately, or a trans man her deliberately, I would say that is obtuse and mean spirited."

This comes shortly after protection for trans, non-binary and cross-dressing people will be imposed in Scotland under new legislation.

However, critics claim it will be "weaponised" against gender critical women such as Rowling.

Patrick Christys

Patrick Christys hosted a debate on the topic

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The Harry Potter author challenged Scotland's new hate crime law in a series of social media posts - inviting police to arrest her if they believe she has committed an offence. The law does not protect women as a group from hatred. At the end of her post the author penned: "I look forward to being arrested when I return to the birthplace of the Scottish Enlightenment."

Police Scotland said it had not received any complaints over the posts. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak said people should not be criminalised for stating "simple facts on biology."

On the day the law was released JK Rowling wrote on X: "Scottish lawmakers seem to have placed higher value on the feelings of men performing their idea of femaleness, however misogynistically or opportunistically, than on the rights and freedoms of actual women and girls."

She added: "It is impossible to accurately describe or tackle the reality of violence and sexual violence committed against women and girls, or address the current assault on women’s and girls’ rights, unless we are allowed to call a man a man.

"Freedom of speech and belief are at an end in Scotland if the accurate description of biological sex is deemed criminal."

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