Author J.K. Rowling was doxxed last Friday when her address was posted on Twitter.
The term “doxxing” refers to when people post identifying information about another person on the Internet without their consent to do so.
On Friday, activists and performers Holly Stars, Georgia Frost, and Richard Energy held a protest in front of Rowling’s home in Scotland to protest the author’s controversial stance on the transgender community.
They took pictures of the protest in front of her home and posted them on Twitter, with the author’s address clearly visible in the photos.
On Saturday, Stars tweeted, “Yesterday we posted a picture we took at J.K. Rowling’s house. While we stand by the photo, since posting it we have received an overwhelming amount of serious and threatening transphobic messages so we have decided to take the photo down. Love to our trans siblings.”
Stars’ Twitter account has since been deleted as people on both sides of Rowling’s controversy encouraged them to delete the photo.
J.K. Rowling Will Not Be Silenced Through Intimidation
Last Friday, my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors who took pictures of themselves in front of our house, carefully positioning themselves to ensure that our address was visible. 1/8
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) November 22, 2021
In a long Twitter thread, Rowling addressed the controversy directly.
“Last Friday, my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors who took pictures of themselves in front of our house, carefully positioning themselves to ensure that our address was visible,” she explained.
“I want to say a massive thank you to everybody who reported the image to @TwitterSupport. Your kindness and decency made all the difference to my family and me. I’d also like to thank @PoliceScotland for their support and assistance in this matter. I implore those people who retweeted the image with the address still visible, even if they did so in condemnation of these people’s actions, to delete it.”
“Over the last few years I’ve watched, appalled, as women like Allison Bailey, Raquel Sanchez, Marion Miller, Rosie Duffield, Joanna Cherry, Julie Bindel, Rosa Freedman, Kathleen Stock and many, many others, including women who have no public profile but who’ve contacted me to relate their experiences, have been subject to campaigns of intimidation which range from being hounded on social media, the targeting of their employers, all the way up to doxing and direct threats of violence, including rape.”
“None of these women are protected in the way I am,” she continued. “They and their families have been put into a state of fear and distress for no other reason than that they refuse to uncritically accept that the socio-political concept of gender identity should replace that of sex.”
J.K. Rowling Claps Back At Stars, Frost, And Energy
How can JK Rowling claim to be doxxed when her house is literally on a public government website as a landmark? pic.twitter.com/sF6yy6uurN
— Nosy Negress (@normal_negress) November 22, 2021
She then proceeded to call her attackers out by name, writing, “I have to assume that @IAmGeorgiaFrost, @hollywstars, and @Richard_Energy_thought doxxing me would intimidate me out of speaking up for women’s sex-based rights.”
She added, “They should have reflected on the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats I could paper the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking out. Perhaps – and I’m just throwing this out there – the best way to prove your movement isn’t a threat to women is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us.”
Although it seems like Rowling doesn’t plan on backing down any time soon, she will, however, not be a part of the “Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return to Hogwarts” special.
As The Blast previously reported, Rowling has not been a part of any new interviews that were filmed for the special honoring the 20th anniversary of “Harry Potter and the Sorceror’s Stone.” However, archived footage of her will appear throughout the special, which is set to debut on HBO Max on January 1, 2022.