An Edinburgh landmark celebrating author JK Rowling has been vandalised.
The golden handprints in the pavement outside the City Chambers were this week splashed with red paint and marked with a trans pride flag, Pink News has reported.
The handprints of the once-widely beloved author have been in place since she received the Edinburgh Award in 2008.
Rowling has been increasingly criticised for her escalating comments on social media attacking trans people.
One Edinburgh local suggested that the vandalism with red paint might symbolise the “blood on [Rowling’s] hands” after her “dangerous” comments about trans people.
Supporters of Rowling have claimed that the paint instead represents a threat of violence from trans activists or even “terrorism”.
After years of suspicious likes and follows of transphobic tweets and accounts, Rowling made headlines in December when she commented on a woman who had lost a job over transphobia.
“Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you want. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you… But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya,” Rowling tweeted.
The tweet was criticised at the time for not only reinforcing gender essentialist ideas but, some suggested, implying that trans identities are not real.
Other social media users argued that the remark about “consenting adults” was meant as a dig at the desirability of trans people or even a suggestion that they might be predators, a common transphobic trope.
Rowling last month again went after trans people on Twitter, this time complaining about the term ‘people who menstruate’ and saying that ‘women’ should suffice – despite these groups not being the same.
She has since published an internationally read essay and open letter on having been “cancelled”.
Readers have observed that Rowling seems obsessed with replacing her reputation as a beloved author with that of a person unduly obsessed with other people’s genitals.
Many associated with the author, including the stars of the Harry Potter film series, have distanced themselves from her comments and spoken out for trans rights.