As America is currently in the middle of telling terrorists that we’re not going to be intimidated and weak and that we will come and kill you while we eat ice cream and meatloaf, author J.K. Rowling is fighting terrorists of a different sort.
Rowling is obviously popular for her creation of the world of Harry Potter, but most recently, became popular for being one of those celebrities that asked “how high” when told to jump by social justice warriors and “woke” activists.
This is the same woman who began altering aspects of her world in order to please people who demonstrate an inability to be pleased. She retconned Dumbledore into a gay man. She even told Twitter users that Hermione was black despite having been described as having a white face in the books. There was even a secret Jewish character at Hogwarts that she never mentioned or talked about in anything except for when the mob came at her with diversity complaints.
However, it would appear that Rowling has a line and I can’t necessarily say I disagree with it. The SJWs do, however, and vehemently. Rowling has been essentially canceled, or as canceled as a wildly successful billionaire can be.
Her crime? She stuck up for women against the onslaught of transgender “you will be made to care” activism.
The story, according to the Telegraph, began when a woman named Maya Forstater lost her job for questioning the U.K. government’s willingness to consider gender a fluid thing:
Maya Forstater, 45, lost her job as a tax expert at the Centre for Global Development in March this year after she was accused of publishing “offensive” tweets questioning government proposals to allow people to self-identify as the opposite sex.
Her legal dispute against her former employer was seen as a test case on whether a “gender critical” view – meaning a belief that there are only two biological sexes – is a protected philosophical belief under the 2010 Equality Act.
However, in the landmark judgment published yesterday, employment Judge Tayler decided Ms Forstater’s view “is incompatible with human dignity and fundamental rights of others”.
This caused Rowling to send out a tweet that, in truth, should be taken as solid advice amounting to “let people be and don’t punish them for embracing scientific realities.”
Dress however you please.
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
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
As you can probably imagine, Rowling came under fire and is still under fire today. So much so that the likes of comedian Ricky Gervais is coming to her defense.
Why does any of this matter?
As I covered before, Rowling used to be the poster child of fealty to the woke mob but has since begun standing her ground against them. She’s not backing down and has lost nothing for it. In fact, I dare say she’s gained respect. While I do see a few people in the media laughing themselves silly over Rowling’s misfortune, I always like to watch the transformation from mob appeaser to an independent thinker.
If Rowling should continue to stand her ground against the woke mob it’ll prove two things.
One, that the mob isn’t as powerful as they’d like us to believe. They’d like us to think that they’re a massive group of people whose boycotts and protests will ruin you…but they aren’t. It’s all smoke and mirrors.
Secondly, that defying the mob may actually bring success. The added respect to Rowling may encourage more sales and attention given to her, and if she finds out that self-respect is better all around than false capitulation, and she begins openly defying the hard left, then success is likely to follow.
And I don’t just mean monetarily for her, I mean success for the rest of us.
The weaker the mob is the better for our society. The more we realize that it’s okay to ignore them, the more we can progress as a culture instead of holding ourselves back for fear of offending someone.
Gervais is going to host the Golden Globes despite his unapologetic stance on free speech and defense of Rowling. Dave Chappelle is now one of the most celebrated comedians of the decade thanks to his unapologetic stance of calling it as he sees it without coloring in the lines provided to him by the social justice community.
If Rowling stays the course, she’ll be one more strike at the chain that currently has society cuffed to the social justice agenda.
My advice, for what it’s worth, is to praise Rowling for her decision not to cave. We should do that to everyone not willing to give in to the mob.