J.K. Rowling, the author of the Harry Potter series, is facing backlash once again for her “transphobic” comments.
The event, a yearly Harry Potter trivia quiz for children, is about to celebrate its sixth celebration to date. The event has been one of the most popular of the festival but event coordinators felt it was too controversial to continue.
Peter Biggs, the festival chairman, went on the record saying, “The overwhelming response was there was a risk around causing distress to particular members of the community and that was the last thing we wanted to do… We always thought Booktown should be an inclusive, welcoming place for everyone, so we took the decision not to go with Harry Potter.”
Rowling remains the target of a months-long concerted #CancelCulture campaign that continues to shame her for her supposedly controversial views on transgenderism.
Last Year, Rowling penned an essay wherein she argued that a “woman is not a costume” and that the transgender issue needed to be better examined.
“I’m concerned about the huge explosion in young women wishing to transition and also about the increasing numbers who seem to be detransitioning (returning to their original sex), because they regret taking steps that have, in some cases, altered their bodies irrevocably, and taken away their fertility,” she said at the time.
Rowling’s own experiences with marital abuse and body image suggest that she is very cautious about the proliferation of gender dysphoria among the youth.
LGBT organizations and activists across the world made concerted efforts to call her comments out. She was declared a “TERF” (trans-exclusionary radical feminist) by her fans and the most extreme among theme even began burning their copies of the Harry Potter books.
The decision to cut her from the book festival has been met by approval by the LGBT community.
Tabby Belsey, a representative for Inside Out charity, was quoted as saying “I think it’s a strong decision that shows they’re really trying to be an inclusive community and support their rainbow and transgender young people.”
Other activists have been more skeptical of the decision. A local lesbian activist named Jenny Whyte told Stuff, “I think they might be trying to capitalize on the current fad of cancel culture. It’s really funny that all the way from the UK where a world-famous writer has gotten into trouble for expressing quite compassionate and reasonable views, all the way down to tiny little Featherston. It encapsulates the whole madness of it quite well.”