Stephen King says JK Rowling blocked him on Twitter.
The authors appear to have disagreed, after King tweeted that he believes trans women are women.
The Harry Potter author previously deleted tweets that she had written praising King.
It came after he shared support for the transgender community.
Now, King says Rowling ‘sorta blocked me and all that’ after the tweet in question.
The legendary author told The Daily Beast that Rowling is welcome to her opinion.
However he insists he is allowed his too.
He says: ‘If she thinks that trans women are dangerous, or that trans women are somehow not women, or whatever problem she has with it—the idea that someone “masquerading” as a woman is going to assault a “real” woman in the toilet—if she believes all those things, she has a right to her opinion.
‘And then someone tweeted at me, “Do you think trans women are women?” and I said, “Yes, I do.” And that’s what she got angry about—my opinion. It’s like the old saying, “I don’t agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.”
‘So, nobody has “cancelled” J.K. Rowling. She’s doing fine. I just felt that her belief was, in my opinion, wrong.’
King also says he believes that Rowling’s opinions on trans people are ‘an outlier in her entire political spectrum’.
He says she is ‘on the side of the angels in most respects’.
King pointed towards her anti-Brexit and anti-Trump beliefs.
Last year Rowling posted a thread about Labour MP Minister Lloyd Russell-Moyle.
The MP claimed that the author was ‘using her sexual assault history to discriminate against transgender people’. He later apologised for the comment.
Rowling then wrote a 4,000 word piece about her own domestic violence survival.
Russell-Moyle said: ‘Whilst I may disagree with some of her analysis on trans rights, it was wrong of me to suggest that she used her own dreadful experience in anything other than good faith.’
Rowling shared a quote from Andrea Dworkin, saying: ‘Men often react to women’s words—speaking and writing—as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence’.
She also wrote ‘It isn’t hateful for women speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so.’
At the time, Stephen King retweeted the post.
Rowling tweeted: ‘‘I’ve always revered Stephen King, but today my love reached – maybe not Annie Wilkes levels – but 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.’
She then deleted her praise after his comment about trans women.
Elsewhere, presenter Stephen Fry is defending his friendship with Rowling.
In a new episode of the Jordan P Peterson podcast, Fry was asked about getting “tangled up” in the controversy.
Fry responded: “Yes, she’s a friend and will remain a friend. But I’m also sorry that people are upset.”
He argues the two feelings are “not incompatible”.
“And I hate how they are often treated. I recognise the courage it takes.”
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