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Author J.K. Rowling unloaded on British journalist Patrick Strudwick in a lengthy tweet on Monday, accusing him of running with a demonstrably false story about a “Let Women Speak” event that took place in Australia.
Strudwick claimed in a piece he published at iNews that the group had “staged a mass Nazi salute” – a claim that Rowling said was easily disprovable — but she lamented the fact that he had blocked her on Twitter, making it impossible for her to challenge him directly.
“As @PatrickStrud has blocked me on here (we’ve never, to my knowledge, interacted on Twitter or anywhere else) I can’t challenge him directly about the claim he published in iNews (see below) that a Let Women Speak event in Australia ‘staged a mass Nazi salute,'” Rowling’s extensive tweet began. “This is a lie so brazen, so easily disprovable and so libelous, I’m amazed it was allowed into print by a supposedly reputable news source.”
As @PatrickStrud has blocked me on here (we've never, to my knowledge, interacted on Twitter or anywhere else) I can't challenge him directly about the claim he published in iNews (see below) that a Let Women Speak event in Australia 'staged a mass Nazi salute'. This is a lie so… pic.twitter.com/X6nAA3xxNH
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) May 29, 2023
Rowling went on to take on radical transgender activists as a group, arguing that actual fascists had seen an opportunity to infiltrate the community and use it to further their own ends.
“For years now, women and gay people concerned about the erosion of their rights, the dismantling of safeguarding and the escalating threats and violence of trans activists have been called ‘fascists’ and ‘Nazis’ by people like Strudwick for holding what, until five minutes ago, were solidly left-wing/feminist political positions,” Rowling continued, declaring, “Nobody but useful idiots can be genuinely surprised that REAL fascists have spotted a glorious opportunity in trans activism.”
“The homophobic, anti-feminist far-right has long held that the left is degenerate, foolish, immoral and authoritarian, and now they can point to the incoherent arguments of the gender ideologues, the bullying tactics of the no-platformers and the swarms of masked men threatening violence against women for wanting to retain single-sex spaces, and crow ‘we told you so,'” Rowling continued, arguing that extreme radicals on both ends of the political spectrum were in favor of the bullying and otherwise authoritarian tactics.
Rowling went on to say that Nazis and radical transgender activists were essentially two sides of the same coin and were using the conflict to “push their own agendas.”
“Both are there in the hope of violence, and neither gives a damn about the women who’re there to speak out in their own voices, about their own lives, on their own behalf,” Rowling continued, encouraging the “Let Women Speak” event organizers to take action and hold Strudwick accountable.