JK Rowling sparks controversy for trolling inclusive language with Mother’s Day message

JK Rowling sparked more controversy after she shared a message on Mother’s Day, which is celebrated on Sunday, March 10 in the UK.

The Harry Potter the author took to social media and sparked a backlash against seemingly trolling trans and inclusive language activists.

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“Happy Parents’ Day to everyone whose large gametes have been fertilized, resulting in a little human whose gender has been assigned by doctors based on lucky guesses,” Rowling wrote on X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter.

Rowling has limited herself to inclusive language in the past, which made her Mother’s Day post even more striking. After criticism that she was mocking people, the writer posted an update in a sarcastic tone.

“Devastated and stunned that my embrace of inclusive language has angered its most enthusiastic admirers,” Rowling said, before adding: “Let’s just say: Happy Mother’s Day to all the women who raise children.”

Rowling’s message came after British television journalist India Willoughby reported the author to the police over alleged transphobic comments. Willoughby, who underwent gender reassignment surgery in 2015, claims that Rowling deliberately misgendered her.

In a series of posts, Rowling responded that lawyers had advised her that “Willoughby’s obsessive targeting of me over the last few years may cross the legal threshold for harassment.”

“I ignored this advice because I couldn’t afford to give India the publicity it so clearly craves,” Rowling wrote in X. “Aware that lying to law enforcement is a crime, I simply have to explain to the police that I believe India is a classic an example of a male narcissist who lives in a constant state of rage that he cannot force women to treat him according to their own judgment.”

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