The decision by several Harry Potter fan sites to repudiate the book series’ author on her comments on transgender women has split up social-media-using Muggles, leading to an unprecedented schism in the fictional wizard community.
Two popular on the web Potter destinations, the Leaky Cauldron and MuggleNet, announced on Thursday that they would no longer connect to J.K. Rowling’s personal website or use photographs of the wildly successful author. There will also be strict guidelines governing when her name could be referenced in articles that appear on the websites.
The sites shared a joint statement on Twitter in which they accused Rowling of holding “harmful and disproven beliefs about what it means to be a transgender person.”
Rowling has faced blowback for publicly stating her belief that transgender women shouldn’t be viewed as just like biological females. However, she’s got repeatedly stressed that she respects trans people and supports their right to “live in a way that feels authentic and comfortable to them.” But her nuanced position on the situation doesn’t seem to have sat well with some Potter fanatics.
One comment expressed love for the Harry Potter series but thought Rowling was a “trashy person.”
“Trans people have a right to not have their right to exist questioned,” argued a Twitter user in support of the fan-led coup. Another reply urged the writer to get on her behalf “bigoted broomstick” and fly away.
There were lots of dissenters, however. Fans with “#IstandWithJKRowling” within their profiles launched a counter-offensive, accusing the sites of hypocrisy and virtue-signaling.
If you’re really that bothered by Rowling’s opinion, you’ll need to shut your site down. It’s unethical and bordering on illegal to try to erase her name while profiting off of works that literally would not exist were it not on her. #istandwithjkrowling
— ihatecarcommercials (@ihatecarcommer1) July 2, 2020
This could be the biggest load of virtue signalling bull They’re perhaps not actually doing anything. If you feel so strongly about your moral superiority over JK then put your hard earned money where the mouth area is.Stop profiting from her work. MN released a Potter book a week ago – donate the earnings
— Charlie 🟥 Rowling’s Army ⚡ (@TheSirensTail) July 2, 2020
Others noted that the internet portals ought to be providing full dental coverage plans of all Harry Potter-related news, and not creating “safe spaces” for fans.
Although Rowling has been lambasted on her views, she recently doubled-down after she stopped following Stephen King on Twitter – apparently because she took issue with his assertion that “trans women are women.”
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