Following the controversy surrounding J.K Rowling's "transphobic" tweets, a newspaper has come under serious fire for publishing the "most disgusting headline in history" about the author.
Keep scrolling for the full story, and to see the sickening headline for yourself...
J.K Rowling is the brains and the genius behind the wizarding world of Harry Potter.
via: Getty ImagesWhat started out as a mere musing while stuck on a delayed train in London, 1990, a young Joanne Rowling single-handedly conjured up the magical story of Harry Potter.
The author has built an empire.
via: GettyThirty years since it's creation, over 500 million copies of the book franchise have been sold worldwide in eighty different languages, making it one of the best-selling book series of all time.
But this success didn't come easily to the young author.
via: GettyRowling famously struggled with marriage and money issues in the 4 years she spent working on the first Harry Potter book and, in 1994, she found herself as a newly-divorced single mom living out of her sister's spare room in the Scottish city of Edinburgh.
And, unbelievably, her idea was turned down by several different publishers...
via: GettyWho reportedly found the idea to be "too long-winded for children" Even her literary agent allegedly warned her, "You do realize, you will never make a fortune out of writing children's books?"
It was a dark and difficult time for the young woman.
via: GettyBut, regardless of her personal struggles, she continued working on her vision, frequently taking to small coffee shops across Edinburgh to complete her debut book.
And, in 1997, her hard work finally paid off.
via: Dan Finnen500 copies of the debut Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone finally hit the shelves in bookstores across the United Kingdom.
The book was an instant success.
via: GettyThe adventures of Harry Potter, Ron Weasley, and Hermione Granger were quick to capture a vast and loyal fanbase, with children and adults alike being instantly captivated by the novel.
And, in the years following from The Philosopher's Stone...
via: GettyRowling went on to release 6 more books that detailed Harry's fight against the notorious Lord Voldemort, which only made her unique take on the fantasy world of magic even more known and loved across the world.
We became Harry Potter obsessed.
via: GettySo, of course, it didn't take long for the movie adaptations to come along.
In 2001, Warner Brothers swooped in on the book series...
via: IMDBAnd brought Rowling's words and imagination to life by transforming them into a series of blockbuster movies.
Many say that the 8 movies were the true start of the world's obsession with Harry Potter.
via: IMDBThe wizardry and witchcraft mania that was induced by the books was only exaggerated after the release of the on-screen adaptations which, collectively, grossed around $6.5 billion in total.
The final chapter of the Harry Potter franchise, The Deathly Hallows, was released back in 2007...
via: GettyAnd fans were finally able to discover the fate of Harry Potter and the rest of the wizarding community, something which Rowling has claimed she had known from the very beginning.
Since the end of Harry Potter, the author has embarked upon a handful of sequel projects...
via: GettyIncluding the collaboration on the 2-part play, Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and the hugely successful blockbuster, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.
But, putting Hogwarts aside...
the K in JK Rowling stands for "Karen"— Matt Ortile (@Matt Ortile)1591484641.0
Rowling has a long history of gender-critical commentary...
JK Rowling logging into Twitter https://t.co/LCo8aBWY1e— Tom Zohar (@Tom Zohar)1591485633.0
Responding to an article discussing menstruation products, taking issue with the phrase “people who menstruate", the author wrote:
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? W… https://t.co/JEQbzYBS9O— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1591479351.0
But, when followers replied saying the tweet was transphobic, Rowling decided to add to the thread.
If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased… https://t.co/1NlkCzXfnB— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1591480967.0
And she didn't stop there.
One of my best mates just called me. Self-described butch lesbian. It was hard to tell, because she was shouting qu… https://t.co/eghzWoo3M3— J.K. Rowling (@J.K. Rowling)1591483629.0
Twitter descended into a transphobia frenzy...
1/3 JK Rowling is a transphobe. In her most recent tweets she’s using lesbian experiences to justify her twisted… https://t.co/O9fUP062UR— claire 🌈 (@claire 🌈)1591568062.0
People were outraged with Rowling's comments...
This woman is complete scum. Shut the fuck up you transphobic fuck. You don’t know or love any trans people if you… https://t.co/HIiXJItkxo— Ben O'Keefe (he/him) (@Ben O'Keefe (he/him))1591485350.0
Rowling attempted to defend her words...
jk rowling woke up this morning, looked out her window at a world where police are murdering unarmed black civilian… https://t.co/Xb1UWFrAwT— deandroid🦇warcrimes (@deandroid🦇warcrimes)1591482632.0
But now, the attention from Rowling's comments has been drawn onto something else entirely.
via: GettyWhile most news outlets have been reporting on avidly on the ongoing backlash against the author, one newspaper, in particular, have been widely criticized for their shocking headline.
The British tabloid, The Sun, is forever coming under fire for its controversial headlines and stories...
via: GettyNot to mention its blatant sexism and far-right agendas. But, with this story, they may have finally taken things too far.
Rather than report on the actual story, like all the other outlets were doing, The Sun decided to take a slightly different approach.
via: GettyThe tabloid thought it would be appropriate to plaster Rowling's ex-husband, who famously abused her both emotionally and physically, all over the front cover, alongside a sickening headline. And, to make it worse, the story was published only 2 days after Rowling wrote in a personal essay about her experience of being in an abusive relationship.
Here it is.
THE SUN: I slapped JK and I’m not sorry #TomorrowsPapersToday https://t.co/7FRk8n65g2— Neil Henderson (@Neil Henderson)1591912953.0
The tabloid featured a full interview with her abusive ex-husband...
@TheSun You tracked down an abuser and let him - in your own words - “taunt” his victim on the front page, which yo… https://t.co/PQQLQm8mEY— James Felton (@James Felton)1591957492.0
Understandably, people were outraged by the story...
The Sun front page about J.K Rowling is a fucking disgrace. It's among the most distasteful and vile tabloid covers… https://t.co/wHrlEQXdeT— Andrew Smith (@Andrew Smith)1591915115.0
The publication has been accused of glorifying domestic abuse...And many are calling for it to be shut down once and for all.
Of course, since the backlash, the publication have responded.
The Sun’s headline about J K Rowling is not acceptable in any way. We need to stop misogyny and abuse not give it a… https://t.co/ShwftxyEMF— S Nicol (@S Nicol)1591955927.0
A spokesperson for the tabloid said:
https://t.co/xkNLDX1dDB— The Sun (@The Sun)1591953879.0
The tabloid are yet to comment further on their headline...
via: ShutterstockBut we will be posting any updates accordingly. Millions of people continue to live in fear of domestic violence, so one woman decided to bravely document her life living with the abuse of her partner. Keep scrolling for the full story...