Author of the Harry Potter book series J.K. Rowling needs to be canceled.
In a culture that’s ready to cancel anybody at any given moment, it becomes important in being able to decide who actually deserves this: what was the severity of their actions? How frequently did they occur? And is the person remorseful? J.K. Rowling is not.
The author has once again proven that she is in fact a TERF by tweeting an anti-trans comment toward a 9-year-old girl.
Rowling was previously accused of liking anti-trans tweets before her publicist stepped forward to claim that it was the result of a “clumsy middle-aged moment”. So she managed to pen one of the world’s most famous – and creative – books but doesn’t know what the like button is?
The only thing middle-aged and clumsy about it was that Rowling had let her transphobic colours cloud the damage to her reputation as a respected writer – with many LGBTQ fans.
She then used the hashtag #IStandWithMaya which references an anti-transgender activist Maya Forstater; who was fired from her company for making comments that included: “men cannot change into women” and others making light of trans violence claiming that it only “hurts men’s feelings”. Rowling confirms she knows exactly how to use Twitter by joining a trend that not only encourages outspoken transphobia in the workplace, ignores the very real evidence that TWOC are frequently brutally murdered on a daily basis in developing countries, and in-turn supports that violence.
Rowling also liked a tweet from anti-transgender activist Fred Sargeant. On Twitter, Sargeant frequently advocates that it’s “time to remove the T from same-sex advocacy groups” and that transgender women can’t be oppressed because they’re assigned male at birth.
Now in her latest “middle-aged” moment, Rowling – who was responding to children’s drawings of characters in her new project – tweeted a sentence from a 2017 article that details an altercation between activist Tara Wolf and TERF Maria Maclachlan.
“I love this truly fabulous Ickabog, with its bat ears, mismatched eyes, and terrifying bloodstained teeth!” Before adding, “In court, Wolf claimed the Facebook post in which he’s said he wanted to ‘fuck up some TERFs’ was just ‘bravado.’”
It’s interesting, though, that she accidentally pasted the sentence perfectly into a tweet between the hashtag and the first sentence.
Rowling was quick to back-peddle (sort of), “I’m going to say this once, and I’m going to say it calmly and politely,” Rowling tweeted after she removed the post. “I certainly didn’t mean to paste a quotation from a message about the assault of Maria Maclaughlin into a tweet to a child, especially given the language used by the person convicted of the crime.”
But made it clear that she wasn’t sorry for being a TERF:
“However, I am not – as many of the people now swarming into my mentions seem to think – ashamed of reading about the assault. You should know by now that accusations of thought crime leave me cold. Take your censorship and authoritarianism elsewhere. They don’t work on me.”
Do you know what leaves us cold? Seeing trans people being stripped of their civil rights, savagely beaten in broad daylight, and forced to live in a body they don’t feel is the right one for them. Although we’re surprised that J.K. Rowling ever feels cold considering the money she made from her LGBTQ fans was enough on its own to set her up for life.
It’s quite the change of heart from Rowling who frequently weaponized our community’s need for representation, by claiming Dumbledore was gay despite never having written that storyline into her work.
Here’s an idea for your next book: why doesn’t Harry wave his wand and make the author’s bigotry disappear?
Rowling – who has clearly been reading up endlessly about the TERF movement – knew exactly what she was doing at every turn of this descending journey and is unapologetic about supporting “activism” which directly damages the progress LGBTQ people have made. Therefore, it makes no sense that we would support – or even further entertain – this privileged piece of trash.