Piers Morgan defends JK Rowling amid trans row

George Fenwick
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ITV/Good Morning Britain
ITV/Good Morning Britain

Piers Morgan has defended JK Rowling over her controversial new novel, despite previously butting heads with the author on social media.

On Good Morning Britain this morning, Morgan dismissed calls to boycott Rowling over her new novel Troubled Blood, which features a male character who disguises himself as a woman to commit a crime.

Addressing journalist Benjamin Butterworth, Morgan said: “I interview real killers of all shapes and sizes and genders, if I was to write a book tomorrow, it’s your position that I would not be allowed to make it a transgender killer?

“Because that doesn’t seem very equal to me. If you’re battling for equality, surely criminals in novels could be transgender?”

Butterworth replied: “The idea that they dress as a woman in order to kill, as is reported, is the problem,” before Morgan cut him off.

Morgan has clashed with Rowling before over their differing views on politics and his dislike for her novels.

The TV host even doubled down on his dislike for Rowling on Twitter as he argued with Jedward over their calls to burn Rowling’s new novel.

“I don’t even like JK Rowling,” he said. “I just find you clowns demanding her book be burned when you haven’t even read it pathetic.”

Jedward told Morgan: “Supporting a book about a serial killer man who dresses as a woman to kill his victims that’s being released when trans people are actually being targeted and killed isn’t a good look, even for you.”

Troubled Blood, which will be released on September 15 under Rowling’s known pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is the latest instalment in her Strike detective series.

In his review of the book, The Telegraph critic Jake Kerridge questioned the author’s decision to include a cross-dresser who murders women.

"One wonders what critics of Rowling’s stance on trans issues will make of a book whose moral seems to be: never trust a man in a dress."

Rowling has been accused of holding anti-trans views after she criticised an article which referred to women as “people who menstruate.”

After critics claimed she had been transphobic, the writer published a lengthy blog post defending her views and denied being anti-trans.