Author JK Rowling, 55, has sparked a row on social media over a killer in her latest book as reviews have stated the male character dons the persona of a woman to murder their victims. This has caused a backlash from some members of the LGBTQI+ community for ”smearing” transgender people, despite the critics who have read the book explaining there is only one particular point where the protagonist puts on a wig to adopt the identity of a woman. Piers Morgan, 55, spoke with a panel of guests on Good Morning Britain, which included George Galloway, 66, and journalist Benjamin Butter, with the latter fiercely opposing the author’s newest project. However, the ITV host and George couldn’t understand where the uproar had come from if the guest hadn’t even read the book.
Benjamin said: “JK has been tweeting derogatory comments about trans people for some years now and her new book reportedly features a character who dresses as a woman in order to kill.
“A lot of people, myself included, are incredibly worried about how that smears transpeople,” he continued, before Susanna Reid, 49, clarified the character in the book was rather a transvestite than a transperson.
The guest added: “In a lot of people’s minds who are not familiar with the distinctions of trans people with these issues and may have seen JK’s other derogatory comments – this will be seen as a way to debase them.
“This will be seen as an insult to all transpeople – the idea we should be afraid or nervous,” he explained, before Piers jumped in.
Venting his fury at the debate, he declared: “All those who have been contributing to the RIP JK Rowling – they’re the ones who want her dead, cancelled, shamed, vilified, finished.”
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“[This is a] novel none of you have read, which according to Nick Cohen in his lengthy review is not remotely transphobic,” he continued.
Again, Susanna reiterated there are no transgender characters in the book before her co-star asked Benjamin: “How can you want to cancel something even though you haven’t even read it?”
The guest hit back as he reiterated the presenter hadn’t read the book either, to which Piers responded by showing a copy of the review which he claimed “completely repudiated” Benjamin’s opposition.
Piers then asked George about his viewpoints on the cancel culture JK’s latest novel was facing, despite not being on the shelves.
“For whatever reason, you’re trying to avoid the answer,” the host remarked, before putting the question to Benjamin again.
“If you were to do that I fear it would be to whip up the same hatred as JK Rowling,” the journalist opined.
Asked if it would be better if someone like the broadcaster were the killer, the guest explained how he is “more familiar” to a captive audience then a transgender person.
Piers had one final comment to make as he rounded off the debate by stating: “The Woke brigade is not remotely tolerant!”
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Taking to Twitter, viewers responded, with one writing on Twitter: “If we cancel JK Rowling for a character who isn’t even a transvestite, should we also cancel Val McDermid for her transgender serial killer Angelina in her book ‘The Mermaids Singing?’”
Another added: “Cannot see what’s wrong with a fictional character. What about Silence of the Lambs?? There has been countless examples of this over the years. I cannot see anything wrong with it.”
Whilst a third commented: “Hasn’t this been already done by Alfred Hitchcock? Didn’t Anthony Perkins dress up as a woman in Psycho?!”
“Should we now ban Michael Caine’s future appearances because he played a transgender killer in Dressed To Kill? Ridiculous!” a fourth asked.
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays at 6am on ITV.