J.K. Rowling has been a favorite of leftists for years now. Before Twitter and before woke cancel culture, I remember the children who I played with — and who would eventually become left wingers today in adulthood — would love Harry Potter, and make fairly routine shills to me. I never got into it personally, but I also never begrudged the people who liked that crap.
She has since been a fairly routine darling of the left wing on Twitter. She has made explicit support for bringing refugees into the United Kingdom clear on multiple occasions.
If you can’t imagine yourself in one of those boats, you have something missing. They are dying for a life worth living. #refugeeswelcome— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 3, 2015
It isn’t the first time she made explicitly left wing claims. She even went after other leftists when they said bad words about women, even conservative ones:
Just unfollowed a man whom I thought was smart and funny, because he called Theresa May a whore. 1/14— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 9, 2017
This time, however, she broke from the party line just a teensy little bit. She suggested that maybe firing someone for acknowledging the reality of sex is a bit unhinged. This is of course, a sacreligious act, rendering her a “TERF.”
Dress however you please.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
Call yourself whatever you like.
Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you.
Live your best life in peace and security.
But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill
If you are unfamiliar, a TERF is a “Trans Exclusive Radical Feminist.” In this tweet, she does not exclude transgender people per se. In fact, she says she’s entirely fine with people doing as they please in their personal lives insofar as they aren’t hurting other people. But she also said that sex is real, which is not humoring the derangements of the transgender “community” sufficiently.
The news was all over this. This leaves me in an interesting position, and naturally several others are as well. On the one hand, it’s stupid to try to ruin people merely for disagreeing with you, and I agree with J.K. Rowling; sex is real and she made the exact point I did before the semicolon. However, on the other hand, there is a certain schadenfreude in watching the left self-cannibalize over minor disagreements.
Is it a good thing that J.K. Rowling is being actively destroyed over something so small?