J. K. Rowling is a TERF

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Beyond the pale. Why is she not being called out for that in the mainstream media? That site sells mugs with "proud transphobe" written on them :manson:
 

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Ugh, quite upsetting to see Armstrong & Miller, Arthur Mathews and James Dreyfus on that list, and I thought Tony Robinson was cool (certainly very anti-Tory) :zombie:
 

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Ugh, quite upsetting to see Armstrong & Miller, Arthur Mathews and James Dreyfus on that list, and I thought Tony Robinson was cool (certainly very anti-Tory) :zombie:
James Dreyfus is quite right wing though, isn't he? I know he and Dame Kathy Burke don't have the greatest relationship because she's so far the other way.
 

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James Dreyfus is quite right wing though, isn't he? I know he and Dame Kathy Burke don't have the greatest relationship because she's so far the other way.

Yeah, they're not pals because he's a proud Tory.

I had wondered if Arthur Matthews was in with Linehan or not, sad to see that he is. At least Neil Hannon appears to have withdrawn from the proposed Father Ted musical because of Linehan's obsessive TERFism.
 

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I didn't know he was a Tory, UGH. CUNT. I just had a quick look at his Twitter and he's a full-on "TERF is a slur" cunt as well :manson:
 

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More than 200 writers and publishers sign letter in support of trans and non-binary people
Described as ‘a message of love and solidarity’ and with signatories including Jeanette Winterson and Malorie Blackman, it comes days after a host of prominent literary names signed a letter defending JK Rowling

Days after a host of prominent literary names signed a letter defending JK Rowling “against hate”, more than 200 writers, publishers and journalists including Jeanette Winterson, Malorie Blackman and Joanne Harris have put their names to another stating their support for transgender and non-binary people.

The letter, which is described as “a message of love and solidarity for the trans and non-binary community”, was pulled together by acclaimed writers Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Daisy Johnson. With signatories also including Juno Dawson, Elizabeth Day, Max Porter, Nikesh Shukla, Sara Collins, Irenosen Okojie, Mary Jean Chan, Naoise Dolan, Olivia Sudjic, Sharlene Teo and Patrick Ness, it states that “non-binary lives are valid, trans women are women, trans men are men, trans rights are human rights”.

“Culture is, and should always be, at the forefront of societal change, and as writers, editors, agents, journalists, and publishing professionals, we recognise the vital role our industry has in advancing and supporting the wellbeing and rights of trans and non-binary people,” the letter reads.

Rowling’s comments on trans rights, including her argument that “if sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased”, have hurt many, while others have rallied to her defence. After the publication of her new crime novel Troubled Blood, which features a serial killer who wears women’s clothing to fool his victims, Rowling was attacked online. The novel made it to the No 1 spot on the UK book charts the following week.

The statement was put together in the wake of an open letter signed by 58 writers including Ian McEwan, Lionel Shriver, Susan Hill and Philip Hensher, which highlighted the abuse directed at Rowling, and the “insidious, authoritarian and misogynistic trend in social media”.

“Rowling has consistently shown herself to be an honourable and compassionate person,” said the letter, which was published in the Sunday Times at the weekend. “We are signing this letter in the hope that, if more people stand up against the targeting of women online, we might at least make it less acceptable to engage in it or profit from it.”

While the new letter, published online on Wednesday, did not mention the Harry Potter author’s name, its signatories, who also include editors, agents, journalists and publishing professionals, said they recognised the importance of showing support for trans and non-binary people.

“We stand with you, we hear you, we see you, we accept you, we love you. The world is better for having you in it,” they said.
 

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Great to see a lot of women signing this letter (and some big names too), completely undermining her disgusting point about trans politics being about erasing the female self. FUCK YOU ROWLING.
 

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Even better to see that they didn't name her, thereby refusing to add to her "I'm the real victim here" narrative.
 

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Great to see a lot of women signing this letter (and some big names too), completely undermining her disgusting point about trans politics being about erasing the female self. FUCK YOU ROWLING.
Absolutely! It's particularly nice to see a prominent lesbian writer like Jeanette Winterson as one of the 'big names' too, as the online TERF rhetoric often seeks to try and portray lesbians in particular as being in opposition to trans women in a monolithic fashion.
 

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Sidebar: I suppose this means I have to get rid of my McEwan books as well?

I think he's also some kind of Islamophobe anyway, so good riddance..
 

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John Cleese makes me sad in a way but he was always the most right-wing Python. Terry Gilliam has moved the furthest to the right because he had a longer journey to make, Eric Idle is a dick but not in a "violating human rights" type of way, Michael Palin is a legend and the other two are dead.
 

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It is sad to see so many cultural icons who were so up yours and anti-establishment in their day essentially turning into their parents, hitting out against open-minded younger generations and becoming the same curmudgeons that they used to resoundingly rally against.

I feel like everyone I admired when I was a teenager has become a miserable old cunt.

Sadly, I was already aware of James Dreyfus and John Cleese’s views due to my submersion in the trans rights Twittersphere.
 

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I unfollowed Cleese a wee while ago. But he was always to the right; his SDP/Liberal Alliance/LibDem phase was due to his belief that we needed a fairer parliamentary voting system, on which I completely agree. Once that fell to bits, he just went back to the Tories.
 

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I do hope that in 30 or 40 years time, I won’t be quite as close minded as some of this lot are :(
 

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Is it some sort of SMUGNESS (and a heap of ignorance) at play? The world changes to meet your ideals, but then you're threatened by anything which challenges it?

I do genuinely believe that if I didn't actively go out looking for views to challenge my own (and moopy individually probably plays the biggest part in that), I'd probably be liking some of these people's posts, taken purely at face value. Of course as soon as you hear of others' lived experience it's a very different matter.
 

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In further non-shock news, Rupert Everett joins the list of cunts

https://www.pinknews.co.uk/2020/10/...-overshadowed-gay-rights-shakespaere-in-love/

He feels like the "wrong type of queen" and that trans rights have overshadowed gays rights. Then joked that he might "transition to reignite his career"

IN THE BIN
Once a wanker, always a wanker - and let's face it, he's not even a hasbeen. More of a never was. And you can't cancel someone who never was! So off you go Rupert, back to the shadows again because no one CURRS.
 

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The famous writers (as opposed to the nobodies in the previous letter) have signed a letter in support of tans rights

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2...-champion-trans-rights-open-letter-jk-rowling

The US letter, has been signed by more than 1,200 members of the literary community, including Roxane Gay, Neil Gaiman, John Green, NK Jemisin and Angie Thomas.

“We are writers, editors, journalists, agents, and professionals in multiple forms of publishing. We believe in the power of words. We want to do our part to help shape the curve of history toward justice and fairness,” they write. “To that end, we say: non-binary people are non-binary, trans women are women, trans men are men, trans rights are human rights. Your pronouns matter. You matter. You are loved.”

Author Maureen Johnson, who initiated the letter, said that while “letters do not fix things”, they are “designed to a) show support and b) bring awareness to an issue. In this case, the issue is transphobia in the publishing discourse and community.”

“When JK got involved in [the debate in the UK over transgender rights] it gave a lot of legitimacy to something that before seemed fringey. It became more accepted, because people know JK from Harry Potter,” Johnson told Publishers Weekly on Thursday. “Sometimes you need to put your name on the line and say, ‘I don’t agree with what’s going on.’”
 

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