JK Rowling deletes praise for Stephen King, unfollows him after he tweets 'trans women are women'

John Irving, J.K. Rowling and Stephen King during "Harry, Carrie and Garp" Press Conference with J.K. Rowling, Stephen King and John Irving at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, New York, United States. (Photo by Theo Wargo/WireImage)
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JK Rowling has removed a tweet gushing about her love for Stephen King and unfollowed him on Twitter after he tweeted his support for trans women. 

Rowling has faced a raft of backlash for her comments about transgender people, including a string of controversial sentiments made on Twitter and in an essay on her website voicing her "concerns" about trans activism. 

Many of Rowling's remarks have been condemned as "transphobic" and "hateful", but the Harry Potter author continues to speak out on the subject. In a recent thread, Rowling shared a quote from feminist activist Andrea Dworkin, which King retweeted. 

Rowling then praised King for his perceived support of her, writing "I've always revered Stephen King, but today my love reached... new heights". 

"It's so much easier for men to ignore women's concerns, or to belittle them, but I won't ever forget the men who stood up when they didn't need to. Thank you, Stephen." 

The thanks was short-lived, however, as a fan asked King to clarify his thoughts about transgender people. "You should address the TERF tweet. By telling us constant readers if you believe trans women are women," a Twitter user wrote. 

"Yes. Trans women are women," King replied. 

King's response seemingly prompted Rowling to not only delete her tweet about him, but also unfollow him on the social media platform, according to multiple media outlets

King's retweet of Rowling remains active on his account. 

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