In a surprising move, in Seattle, Washington, has decided to airbrush J.K. Rowling from its Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame and Harry Potter exhibition due to her gender-critical views. Here’s the full story.
Does J.K. Rowling Have Transgender Issues?
MoPOP’s decision to remove all references to J.K. Rowling from its Hall of fame and exhibition has triggered significant attention and controversy.
The museum’s exhibitions project manager, Chris Moore, who identifies as transgender, took to a blog post to justify the move.
He criticized Rowling’s views on transgender issues, particularly her stance that biological sex should not be disregarded.
He wrote, “There’s a certain cold, heartless, joy-sucking entity in the world of Harry Potter and, this time, it is not actually a Dementor.”
“Super Hateful and Divisive”
Moore characterized Rowling’s opinions as ‘super hateful and divisive,’ echoing the sentiments of many in the LGBTQIA+ community who have criticized the author for her perceived lack of support for transgender rights.
“We would love to go with the internet’s theory that these books were actually written without an author, but this certain person is a bit too vocal with her super hateful and divisive views to be ignored,” he added.
Moore explained that the decision was not an attempt to erase Rowling’s contributions entirely but to limit her impact on the museum’s visitors, especially those who might be hurt by her views.
He acknowledged that it’s not a perfect solution, but it’s a short-term measure while the museum determines its long-term practices.
Women Should Not Be Penalized for Recognizing Their Biological Sex
Rowling was slammed after she argued that women should not be penalized for recognizing biological sex as real, which many in the transgender community found offensive and exclusionary.
This controversy emerged in 2019, a year after she was inducted into MoPOP’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame.
Rowling’s criticisms are not limited to her stance on transgender issues.
Moore, in his blog post, accused her of employing racial stereotypes, ‘fat-shaming,’ and a ‘lack of LGBTQIA+ representation’ in her books.
Rowling Has Garnered Mixed Responses.
The decision to airbrush Rowling has garnered mixed responses.
Some prominent figures associated with the Harry Potter series have expressed their support for transgender rights and disapproval of Rowling’s views.
Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed the titular character in the film adaptations, revealed his concern for young fans who might be hurt by Rowling’s opinions.
Rupert Grint, who played Ron Weasley, firmly stated that ‘trans women are women, trans men are men,’ aligning himself with the transgender community.
The Museum of Pop Culture Stands by Its Decision
Emma Watson, known for her role as Hermione Granger, has actively supported transgender rights by donating to the charity Mermaids, which advocates for transgender individuals.
The Museum of Pop Culture stands by its decision to remove Rowling’s presence from its exhibitions.
A MoPOP spokesman said, “MoPOP is proud to support our employees and unequivocally stands with nonbinary and transgender communities. In an increasingly divided world, pop culture can unite, inspire, and spark important conversations.”
“I Don’t Believe Her Views Are Gender Critical”
Several social media users expressed their thoughts on the incident.
One Twitter user wrote, “It’s HER work, if they aren’t going to credit her they shouldn’t be allowed to show Harry Potter stuff!”
Another User wrote, “I don’t believe her views are gender critical but a statement of reality which a number of vocal activists who are making a career and lots of money from this fantasy are determined to shut down.”
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Source: Daily Mail