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Piers Morgan DEFENDS former Twitter nemesis JK Rowling

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Piers Morgan lashed out at the toxic cancel culture pervading social media on Wednesday morning after novelist JK Rowling was targeted for writing about a transvestite killer. 

Morgan had  previously been embroiled in his own war of words with the Harry Potter creator, with the pair clashing on Twitter over British politics, Donald Trump and his notable disdain for her books. 

But the 55-year old found himself defending Rowling during a heated Good Morning Britain debate sparked by the recent publication of her latest novel, Troubled Blood, written under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

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Hitting about: Piers Morgan lashed out at the toxic cancel culture pervading social media on Wednesday morning after novelist JK Rowling was targeted for writing about a transvestite killer

Addressing journalist Benjamin Butterworth, Morgan dismissed claims that Rowling should be boycotted for writing a cross-dressing serial killer into the novel after expressing inflammatory views about the trans community on social media. 

He said: ‘If I were to write a book tomorrow, 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?’

Morgan also slammed the divisive RIP JK Rowing hashtag used by a minority of Twitter users in reaction to the book, Rowling’s fifth in a series of crime novels featuring the fictional detective Cormoran Blue Strike. 

Speaking out: The 55-year old found himself defending Rowling during a heated Good Morning Britain debate sparked by the recent publication of her latest novel, Troubled Blood

Speaking out: The 55-year old found himself defending Rowling during a heated Good Morning Britain debate sparked by the recent publication of her latest novel, Troubled Blood

‘All those who have been contributing to the RIP JK Rowling – they’re the ones who want her dead, cancelled, shamed, vilified, finished,’ he raged. 

Citing a recent review of the novel, he added: ‘[This is a] novel none of you have read, which according to Nick Cohen in his lengthy review is not remotely transphobic.’

Rowling was initially accused of being transphobic after responding to an article headlined ‘Creating a more equal post-Covid-19 world for people who menstruate’.

Difference of opinion: Addressing journalist Benjamin Butterworth (pictured)  Morgan dismissed claims that Rowling should be boycotted for writing a cross-dressing serial killer into the novel

Difference of opinion: Addressing journalist Benjamin Butterworth (pictured)  Morgan dismissed claims that Rowling should be boycotted for writing a cross-dressing serial killer into the novel

She tweeted: ‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’

She went on to defend her comments and said: ‘If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.

‘I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.’

Controversy: Rowling was previously accused of being transphobic after responding to an article headlined 'Creating a more equal post-Covid-19 world for people who menstruate'

Controversy: Rowling was previously accused of being transphobic after responding to an article headlined ‘Creating a more equal post-Covid-19 world for people who menstruate’

Addressing her comments in relation to the new publication on Wednesday morning, Butterworth remarked: ‘She’s been tweeting derogatory comments about trans people for some months now. 

‘For some years she’s been suggesting her anti-trans views, and she has reportedly, her new book under a male name indeed, features a man who dresses as a woman in order to kill. 

‘A lot of people, myself included, are incredibly worried about how that smears trans people, and misrepresents them.’  

Politician George Galloway also waded into the argument, citing the ‘irony’ that people will be encouraged to buy the book as a result of the ongoing furore.  

Not right: Morgan also slammed the divisive RIP JK Rowing hashtag used by a minority of Twitter users in reaction to the book, Rowling's fifth in a series of crime novels

Not right: Morgan also slammed the divisive RIP JK Rowing hashtag used by a minority of Twitter users in reaction to the book, Rowling’s fifth in a series of crime novels

The comment prompted co-host Susanna Reid to point out that the character in question was actually a cross-dressing man, not a transgender woman.   

Undeterred, Butterworth added: ‘In a lot of people’s minds who are not familiar with the distinctions of trans people with these issues and may have seen JK’s other derogatory comments – this will be seen as a way to debase them.

‘This will be seen as an insult to all transpeople – the idea we should be afraid or nervous.’ 

Targeted: The Harry Potter author has continuously come under fire for her controversial views on gender identity, but vehemently denies that she is transphobic

Targeted: The Harry Potter author has continuously come under fire for her controversial views on gender identity, but vehemently denies that she is transphobic

Following the initial backlash to her Twitter posts, Mermaids – a charity that supports transgender children – urged Rowling to meet some of the young people it works with in a lengthy statement challenging her views. 

But she has since answered her critics with a 3,663 word essay posted on her website on Wednesday under the headline: ‘J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues.’

She included her personal experiences with domestic abuse at the hands of her ex-husband of 18 months, Jorges Arantes.

She appeared mindful that her words might not be suitable for her younger fans by adding the sub-heading: ‘Warning: This piece contains inappropriate language for children.’

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Discussing: Rowling went on an extraordinary rant on Twitter rant in June, prompted a huge backlash from fans

Discussing: Rowling went on an extraordinary rant on Twitter rant in June, prompted a huge backlash from fans 

In it, the author revealed she was sexually assaulted in her 20s and told of her scars of domestic violence from her first marriage.

‘I couldn’t shut out those memories and I was finding it hard to contain my anger and disappointment about the way I believe my government is playing fast and loose with womens and girls’ safety.’ 

Rowling also went on to describe her experience of domestic and sexual abuse.

‘I’ve been in the public eye now for over twenty years and have never talked publicly about being a domestic abuse and sexual assault survivor,’ she wrote.

Opening up: She answered her critics with a 3,663 word essay posted on her website on Wednesday under the headline: 'J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues'

Opening up: She answered her critics with a 3,663 word essay posted on her website on Wednesday under the headline: ‘J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues’ 

‘This isn’t because I’m ashamed those things happened to me, but because they’re traumatic to revisit and remember. I also feel protective of my daughter from my first marriage. 

In her post, Rowling said she did not want to ‘claim ownership’ of a story which also belongs to her daughter.  

‘I didn’t want to claim sole ownership of a story that belongs to her, too. However, a short while ago, I asked her how she’d feel if I were publicly honest about that part of my life, and she encouraged me to go ahead,’ she added.

‘I’m mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who’ve been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces.

‘I managed to escape my first violent marriage with some difficulty, but I’m now married to a truly good and principled man, safe and secure in ways I never in a million years expected to be.

‘However, the scars left by violence and sexual assault don’t disappear, no matter how loved you are, and no matter how much money you’ve made.

‘My perennial jumpiness is a family joke – and even I know it’s funny – but I pray my daughters never have the same reasons I do for hating sudden loud noises, or finding people behind me when I haven’t heard them approaching.’  

Rowling also declared she had ‘deep concerns’ about the pressures young people face to transition to another gender. 

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Georgia Steel puts on a leggy display in patterned shorts as she goes for dinner in Chelsea

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She never puts a foot wrong with fashion. 

And Georgia Steel wore another chic outfit on Saturday evening as she was seen departing Goat restaurant and bar in Chelsea with her friend, Maria Wild.

The Love Island, 22, beauty displayed her incredible physique in patterned shorts and a white vest as she exited the swanky eatery in style. 

Catch the eye: Georgia Steel wore another chic outfit on Saturday evening as she was seen departing Goat restaurant and bar in Chelsea with her friend, Maria Wild

Catch the eye: Georgia Steel wore another chic outfit on Saturday evening as she was seen departing Goat restaurant and bar in Chelsea with her friend, Maria Wild

Catch the eye: Georgia Steel wore another chic outfit on Saturday evening as she was seen departing Goat restaurant and bar in Chelsea with her friend, Maria Wild

She displayed her slender pins in cream Gucci shorts which complemented her tan sandal heels. 

Georgia finished off the outfit with delicate jewellery and a gold Rolex watch as she clutched an ivory pouch handbag. 

The reality starlet styled her luscious locks in a classic straight style and opted for a natural makeup look that highlighted her golden complexion. 

Friend outing: The Love Island, 22, beauty displayed her incredible physique in patterned shorts and a white vest as she exited the swanky eatery in style

Friend outing: The Love Island, 22, beauty displayed her incredible physique in patterned shorts and a white vest as she exited the swanky eatery in style

Friend outing: The Love Island, 22, beauty displayed her incredible physique in patterned shorts and a white vest as she exited the swanky eatery in style

She draped a white oversized blazer over her shoulders as she strutted through London and posed up a storm with her pal.  

Maria wore a faux leather taupe shirt dress with a black belt that cinched in at the waist to highlight her slender frame.   

Georgia has been making the most of the single life by going out with friends, ever since breaking up from her fiancé, Ibiza Weekender star Callum Izzard, 25, in April.

Caramel tresses: The reality starlet styled her luscious locks in a classic straight style

Caramel tresses: The reality starlet styled her luscious locks in a classic straight style

Bronzed beauty: Georgia opted for a natural makeup look that highlighted her golden complexion

Bronzed beauty: Georgia opted for a natural makeup look that highlighted her golden complexion

Designer threads: She displayed her slender pins in cream Gucci shorts which complemented her tan sandal heels

Dazzling: Georgia finished off the outfit with delicate jewellery and a gold Rolex watch as she clutched an ivory pouch handbag

Dazzling: Georgia finished off the outfit with delicate jewellery and a gold Rolex watch as she clutched an ivory pouch handbag

Dazzling: Georgia finished off the outfit with delicate jewellery and a gold Rolex watch as she clutched an ivory pouch handbag

Svelte figure: Maria wore a faux leather taupe shirt dress with a black belt that cinched in at the waist to highlight her slender frame

Svelte figure: Maria wore a faux leather taupe shirt dress with a black belt that cinched in at the waist to highlight her slender frame

Svelte figure: Maria wore a faux leather taupe shirt dress with a black belt that cinched in at the waist to highlight her slender frame

Speaking on FUBAR Radio, she revealed she’s in no rush to jump into a new relationship.

She explained: ‘I’m a good believer in everything happens for a reason and I’m just rolling with it.’ 

The former couple’s whirlwind romance began in August 2019 when they met during the filming of Ex on the Beach: Peak Of Love, with the pair becoming engaged just a month later.

When asked if she’s had many guys sliding into her DMs, Georgia said: ‘I just want some time now to just focus on myself and I’m not really wanting to rush into anything. I’m just wanting to take every day as it comes!’

Strike a pose: She draped a white oversized blazer over her shoulders as she strutted through London and posed up a storm with her pal

Strike a pose: She draped a white oversized blazer over her shoulders as she strutted through London and posed up a storm with her pal

Strike a pose: She draped a white oversized blazer over her shoulders as she strutted through London and posed up a storm with her pal

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Susanna Reid reveals that the coronavirus pandemic left her ‘screaming and crying’

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Susanna Reid has disclosed that the coronavirus pandemic gave her crippling nightmares where she would wake up ‘screaming and crying’. 

The Good Morning Britain host, 49, discussed her anxiety struggles which surfaced at the start of the pandemic in March, and how she has found the whole experience ‘very frightening’.    

During an interview with The Telegraphs’ Stella Magazine, Susanna explained: ‘It was an anxious time for everybody, but those early days were very frightening.

Scary: Susanna Reid disclosed that the coronavirus pandemic gave her crippling nightmares where she would wake up 'screaming and crying'

Scary: Susanna Reid disclosed that the coronavirus pandemic gave her crippling nightmares where she would wake up 'screaming and crying'

Scary: Susanna Reid disclosed that the coronavirus pandemic gave her crippling nightmares where she would wake up ‘screaming and crying’

‘I started to have really vivid, terrifying nightmares where I would wake up screaming and crying even though I couldn’t quite remember what the nightmares were.’

The GMB presenter- who hosts the ITV show alongside Piers Morgan- felt her fears reached new heights after learning that her co-star, Kate Garraway’s husband was sent to intensive care after contracting the virus.   

Derek was rushed to hospital in March and was placed into an medically-induced coma to aid his recovery. 

Stressful: The Good Morning Britain host, 49, discussed her anxiety struggles which surfaced at the start of the pandemic in March, and how she has found the whole experience 'very frightening'

Stressful: The Good Morning Britain host, 49, discussed her anxiety struggles which surfaced at the start of the pandemic in March, and how she has found the whole experience 'very frightening'

Stressful: The Good Morning Britain host, 49, discussed her anxiety struggles which surfaced at the start of the pandemic in March, and how she has found the whole experience ‘very frightening’

He is now out of his coma, but remains in hospital and has dropped a whopping eight stone over the past six months due to his illness.

The former lobbyist is unable to speak, so Susanna has taken it upon herself to support her colleague throughout the challenging period. 

She has been doing what she can to assist Kate, 53, and her children, Billy, 11, and Darcy, 14, as they return to school. 

After her husband was hospitalised, Kate decided to take some time off to support her family, but she announced her return to Smooth Radio earlier this month so Derek ‘can hear my voice as well as many of the songs we both love,’.

In a moving interview in Saturday’s You magazine, the mother-of-two said: ‘We hope and believe he will come out of it but we just don’t know. 

‘The heart of the family has been ripped out and we don’t know if we will ever get it back.’

Devastating: Susana has been doing what she can to assist Kate Garraway and her children, Billy, 11, and Darcy, 14, as her husband Derek remains in hospital after contracting coronavirus

Devastating: Susana has been doing what she can to assist Kate Garraway and her children, Billy, 11, and Darcy, 14, as her husband Derek remains in hospital after contracting coronavirus

Devastating: Susana has been doing what she can to assist Kate Garraway and her children, Billy, 11, and Darcy, 14, as her husband Derek remains in hospital after contracting coronavirus

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Bachelor stars Bella Varelis and Bec Cvilikas rug for girls’ breakfast at White Rabbit in Double Bay

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They may have been competing for the heart of the same man but Bachelor contestants Bella Varelis and Bec Cvilikas appear to be the best of friends. 

Bella, 25, and Bec, 25, headed out for breakfast at White Rabbit in Double Bay on Sunday. 

The pair were rugged up on what was a grey-looking day overhead, with Bella wearing an oversize, furry hoodie in an off-white tone. 

Pals! They may have been competing for the heart of the same man but Bachelor contestants Bella Varelis and Bec Cvilikas appear to be the best of friends. Both pictured

Pals! They may have been competing for the heart of the same man but Bachelor contestants Bella Varelis and Bec Cvilikas appear to be the best of friends. Both pictured

Pals! They may have been competing for the heart of the same man but Bachelor contestants Bella Varelis and Bec Cvilikas appear to be the best of friends. Both pictured 

The comfortable garment swamped her frame, and she covered up her face with the hood at times. 

She added a pair of blue jeans to the ensemble, which had the hems at her ankles turned up. 

The brunette wore her hair up in a loose bun wore at the very top of her head in a casual do. 

Munch time: Bella, 25, and Bec, 25, headed out for breakfast at White Rabbit in Double Bay on Sunday

Munch time: Bella, 25, and Bec, 25, headed out for breakfast at White Rabbit in Double Bay on Sunday

Munch time: Bella, 25, and Bec, 25, headed out for breakfast at White Rabbit in Double Bay on Sunday

Cosy: The pair were rugged up on what was a grey-looking day overhead

Cosy: The pair were rugged up on what was a grey-looking day overhead

Cosy: The pair were rugged up on what was a grey-looking day overhead

Looks so comfortable! Bella was wearing an oversize, furry hoodie in an off-white tone

Looks so comfortable! Bella was wearing an oversize, furry hoodie in an off-white tone

Looks so comfortable! Bella was wearing an oversize, furry hoodie in an off-white tone

Bella opted for a soft, neutral makeup palette with a pastel pink lipstick in a matte finish. 

She finished the outfit with catseye sunglasses, white sneakers and a black crossbody bag. 

Unusually, she carried a pair of dark denim jeans in her hand, as well as her mobile phone. 

Cute: She added a pair of blue jeans to the look, which had the hems at her ankles turned up

Cute: She added a pair of blue jeans to the look, which had the hems at her ankles turned up

Cute: She added a pair of blue jeans to the look, which had the hems at her ankles turned up

Details: The brunette wore her hair up in a loose bun wore at the very top of her head in a casual do

Details: The brunette wore her hair up in a loose bun wore at the very top of her head in a casual do

Details: The brunette wore her hair up in a loose bun wore at the very top of her head in a casual do

Now you see her! She covered up her head in the hood at times as she walked along

Now you see her! She covered up her head in the hood at times as she walked along

Now you see her! She covered up her head in the hood at times as she walked along 

Matching! Bec meanwhile was also cosy in a furry jacket, but in her case she opted for a dark colour

Matching! Bec meanwhile was also cosy in a furry jacket, but in her case she opted for a dark colour

Matching! Bec meanwhile was also cosy in a furry jacket, but in her case she opted for a dark colour

Bec meanwhile was also cosy in a furry jacket, but in her case she opted for a dark colour. 

She too wore pale blue jeans with some ankle detailing, in her case fraying around the edges. 

Keeping their matching theme going, Bec had on a pair of white sneakers and carried a crossbody bag. 

Jean genie: She too wore pale blue jeans with some ankle detailing, in her case fraying around the edges

Jean genie: She too wore pale blue jeans with some ankle detailing, in her case fraying around the edges

Jean genie: She too wore pale blue jeans with some ankle detailing, in her case fraying around the edges

So alike! Keeping their matching theme going, Bec had on a pair of white sneakers and carried a crossbody bag

So alike! Keeping their matching theme going, Bec had on a pair of white sneakers and carried a crossbody bag

So alike! Keeping their matching theme going, Bec had on a pair of white sneakers and carried a crossbody bag

Likewise, she chose neutral makeup with pink lipstick and wore catseye sunglasses on her face. 

The women headed off to breakfast where they met model Jordan Simek, embracing her heartily. 

Jordan looked pretty in pink, choosing a soft v-neck jumper and wide-leg blue jeans, worn with white shoes. 

Hey buddy! The women headed off to breakfast where they met model Jordan Simek (right)

Hey buddy! The women headed off to breakfast where they met model Jordan Simek (right)

Hey buddy! The women headed off to breakfast where they met model Jordan Simek (right) 

Big hugs! They greeted the former Australia's Next Top Model star heartily, with lots of hugs

Big hugs! They greeted the former Australia's Next Top Model star heartily, with lots of hugs

Big hugs! They greeted the former Australia’s Next Top Model star heartily, with lots of hugs 

Holding on! Jordan cuddled up to her pals for some time before letting go

Holding on! Jordan cuddled up to her pals for some time before letting go

Holding on! Jordan cuddled up to her pals for some time before letting go 

The former Australia’s Next Top Model star chose a pink-based makeup look and wore her blonde hair in waves around her face. 

Bella and Bec are believed to be runners up in the quest for Bachelor Locky Gilbert’s heart.  

Their fellow contestant Irena Srbinovska is widely believed to be the winner of The Bachelor

Gorgeous! Jordan looked pretty in pink, choosing a soft v-neck jumper and wide-leg blue jeans, worn with white shoes

Gorgeous! Jordan looked pretty in pink, choosing a soft v-neck jumper and wide-leg blue jeans, worn with white shoes

Gorgeous! Jordan looked pretty in pink, choosing a soft v-neck jumper and wide-leg blue jeans, worn with white shoes

As of this Friday, Irena is the bookies’ favourite to win The Bachelor, with Sportsbet offering odds of just $1.30.

Bella Varelis is tipped for second place ($3.25) and Bec Cvilikas is expected to place third ($7.50). 

The Bachelor continues Wednesday at 7:30pm on Channel 10 

Close: Bella and Bec are believed to be runners up in the quest for Bachelor Locky Gilbert's heart. Their fellow contestant Irena Srbinovska is believed to be the winner of The Bachelor

Close: Bella and Bec are believed to be runners up in the quest for Bachelor Locky Gilbert's heart. Their fellow contestant Irena Srbinovska is believed to be the winner of The Bachelor

Close: Bella and Bec are believed to be runners up in the quest for Bachelor Locky Gilbert’s heart. Their fellow contestant Irena Srbinovska is believed to be the winner of The Bachelor 

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