Twitter has finally caved and removed a music video that featured a trangender activist calling for “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling’s death, after an initial review determined the content did not violate the platform’s safety policies.
Trans activist Faye Fadem released the music video under the name “Trust Fund Ozu,” on April 1. The song included questionable lyrics targeted at Rowling, who has been labeled as “transphobic” for expressing pro-feminist views. “As I kill TERFs (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminists),” Fadem sang. “J.K. I hope you fit in a hearse.”
“Notting Hill” actor James Dreyfuss reported the video to Twitter on Saturday, but was told that the post had not broken the platform’s “safety policies.”
“Surprise, Surprise!” Dreyfuss tweeted, along with the official response. “So, death threats=Good. Saying ‘women are women’=Bad. @Twitter @TwitterSupport. Congratulations. You’ve hit rock bottom. Seek help.”
Rowling herself responded to the video the same day. “I’m afraid I can’t give a shout out to everyone promising to murder me – there are so many of you, and I’m a busy woman – but this one deserves a mention for the nineties rave vibe, @TrustFundOzu,” she wrote.
I'm afraid I can't give a shout out to everyone promising to murder me – there are so many of you, and I'm a busy woman – but this one deserves a mention for the nineties rave vibe, @TrustFundOzu. pic.twitter.com/Ium6oIHFOS
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) April 2, 2022
The video was finally pulled down by Twitter over the weekend, and Fadem complained that the famed author had targeted her.
“The most powerful TERF in the world (billionaire, lives in castle, 14.1M followers) sent a mob after me (broke, lives with mom, 1.1k followers) because I said “J.K. Hope you fit in a hearse” in a song. She made a conscious choice to target me because she felt threatened by a young trans woman expressing herself.” she whined.
“If u want to come in here and say “but u did death threat” I’m an artist with 0 power expressing myself,” Fadem continued. “There are laws being passed that will actively drive trans youth towards suicide. J.K is out here promoting conversion therapy. So you tell me which is the threat.”
Rowling most recently enraged transgender activists when she criticized a new bill in her native country Scotland, which would allow children as young as 16 to legally change their gender. The author was initially accused of transphobia, when she tweeted, “if sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased,” in June 2020.