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J.K. Rowling

The author of the Harry Potter series made headlines for her problematic Twitter rants featuring transphobic remarks.

Name: J.K. Rowling
Best known for: Author of the Harry Potter series who made headlines for her problematic Twitter rants
Social media: @jk_rowling on Twitter

Having inspired a love of reading in millions of kids around the world, J.K. Rowling was a celebrated positive influence on the lives of children for decades. That is, until she began revealing controversial, transphobic opinions to her 14.2 million Twitter followers. This past summer, for example, she mocked a newspaper’s headline for using gender-inclusive language in regard to menstruation, and she followed that up with a blog post defending her position (which was opposed by many, including Harry Potter actors like Daniel Radcliffe). She went on to compare hormone therapy for young people to conversion therapy, and promoted a company that sells anti-transgender merchandise.

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