Rowling’s Books Burned or Banned Around the World Over Her Personal Views Of Gender

In Harry Potter, Albus Dumbledore told the students of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry that “It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends.”  Many are learning the truth of that line written by famed author JK Rowling as self-described progressives burn her books or ban them from shelves because she personally holds an opposing view of gender.  Much like the boycott movement of Chick-Fil-A over comments by its CEO, people are seeking to punish Rowling through attacks on her literature.  We previously discussed the embracing of art destruction as analogous to book burning, but now actual book burning is being embraced as a weapon of the woke.

A TikTok series show people around the world burning copies of Rowlings’ books. In one video of a burning pile of books by TikTok user @elmcdo, a voice is heard saying

“You have to stop using ‘death of the author’ as an excuse to have your cake and eat it too. While the reader’s perspective is an important part of interpretation and meaning, it is impossible to completely divorce a work from its creator. The positive impact that J.K. Rowling’s work had on millions of readers does not negate how her hateful lobbying has affected the trans community.”

That sums up the logic of every book burner in history.  You cannot read a book because of the views or religion or identity of the author.  It is better to burn the book to protect society.

Then there is Rabble Books and Games in Maylands, Perth. The owner owner Nat Latter proudly declared on Facebook that he had removed all fo the Harry Potter books from bookshelves to guarantee “a safer space for our community.” So you can buy a Rowlings book by having it retrieved from behind the back room like pornography.  It is a form of censoring by making it more difficult to buy some books rather than others because you disfavor authors with opposing views. Latter seems to relish the role of a book censoring book seller:

“Whilst stocking a book isn’t an endorsement (good grief, that would be a minefield), and we will always take orders for books that aren’t in stock, there are more worthy books to put on the shelf, books that don’t harm communities and won’t make us sad to unpack them.”

Does Latter also hide works with opposing views on gender from the Bible to the Koran to classic novels?  Indeed, why not pull all of the work of authors like Hemingway and others for their views of women or race relations or other issues? Book sellers used to be people who wants to be gateways to knowledge and a world of different ideas and values. Now readers are being protected from even seeing the name of an author who personally holds opposing or offensive views.
What is most disturbing is not the flawed rhetoric of these individuals in justifying book burning and speech regulation but the relative silence from communities as a whole. We have seen increasing pressure to regulate art based on the identity or gender of artists.  Authors often hold unpopular views from society as a whole. Many are deeply religious or hold narrow views of certain social institutions or rights. These views are often not reflected in their art or writings. Indeed, Rowlings is viewed as extremely liberal but holds a narrow view of gender.  We can debate her on those views and denounce those that we find hateful or intolerant. However, burning or banning or hiding books (or destroying art) is the ultimate attack on free speech. It is the signature of oppression from the China’s Qin Dynasty to the Nazis to Southern segregationists. Saying that you are different because you are acting in defense of others is a transparently weak rationalization. Declaring intolerance in the name of tolerance captures the very illogic of book burning.
Thankfully, this remains a small minority of activists but there is a more pronounced anti-free speech movement growing in this and other countries
These actions only prove again what Albus Dumbledore said (and J.K. Rowlings wrote): “Dark times lie ahead of us and there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”

274 thoughts on “Rowling’s Books Burned or Banned Around the World Over Her Personal Views Of Gender”

  1. “The old goes up in flames, the new shall be fashioned from the flame in our hearts,” Joseph Goebbels told the crowd.

    So what will they push for next re-education camps? Oops sorry they already exist I think they go under the name university and college.

  2. Rowling is an artist with a right to her beliefs & speech. Like all here. 2 points: First, All this preaching about who’s a “real” woman makes me ponder… I owe men a big apology: For the last 50 years women have told men how to be men & even worse: how to be “better” men. That must have been just as infuriating as men, trans women, & men in drag shows telling me how to be a woman. Please, well-meaning, woke men & trans women, you can keep blathering on – it’s your right – but telling women what they have to believe, or how to be a woman? It’s wearing thin & you don’t have a clue. Second thought: Can we finally point out that Drag shows are simply misogynist minstrel shows dressed up in sequins? Where “real” women are mocked? Women don’t move like that, we aren’t catty like that, we aren’t snarky & mean and rude like that. We don’t Sashay… speak in those ridiculous sing-song voices, or use those phony, ridiculous gestures. At least not today, we don’t. Some women may have done that in the bad old days – when our two most powerful assets were sex & youth, but Marylyn Monroe’s been dead for nearly 60 years. Today it’s a caricature! And a mean-spirited, ugly, ignorant caricature to boot! Comedy is dead thanks to the wokesters, but drag isn’t comedy & it never was. Drag shows do to women what white men in blackface did to African Americans. The clock has struck midnight, Cinderella. Time to smash the drag show’s glass slipper.

    1. That is a really good point about drag shows and blackface. I had never thought of that connection. But, I kind of like blackface. Drag shows much less, unless they are more than just strutting and acting idiotic like you said, which is most of them, I loved Al Jolson, and this, with Judy Garland and Mickey Rooney:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=24LMmV4FBxY

      And this was an interesting drag piece, from England. They did a really good job, and it has Michael Ball (Phantom) in it. I love the song which was from Footlight Parade of 1933, with Ruby Keeler, and James Cagney. They do a really good send up on this.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6W-2z5_5dU

      I think both of those were very artistic.

      Squeeky Fromm
      Girl Reporter

    2. we aren’t catty like that, we aren’t snarky & mean and rude like that.

      Can I introduce you to some of my family? How about co-workers I had over several decades?

      1. I have to agree. Women and gay men can be the nastiest, cattiest, cruelest, jealous people on earth. Look at the “black” female academic who recently disclosed that she is actually white. I read several comments by black men, along the lines of regardless of her personal issues, she produced some impressive scholarship. But black women are ripping her to shreds. Even though “race” is a far more fluid concept than gender will ever be.

        1. Yeah, straight men aren’t nasty and cruel. They’re not the ones torturing people around the world. They’re not the ones who gassed people in concentration camps. It’s definitely women and gay men doing those nasty, cruel things.

  3. “Transgender people are people whose gender identity is different from the gender they were thought to be at birth.”

    The sex someone “thinks” a baby is at birth is not too hard to determine.

  4. Rowling released the editions on audio, are they burning those two. I think Antifa and BLM have just run out of things to burn.

  5. OK, sooo here is something that will fly over the heads of most people. But, some here will get it (Deco, mespo and others) and realize how on topic it is. And. it is true.

    An Orgone Conclusion*???
    An Irish Poem by Squeeky Fromm

    There once was a fellow named Reich!
    Whom the FDA didn’t like!
    Sooo, judicial jerks,
    They burned up his works!
    Six tons of it! This was back during Ike!

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    * FWIW, this is probably the best quip I have ever come up with! I say that without ego.

  6. Do not take our apathy or silence as acceptance of the creepy culture. For if the day comes where insanity becomes law, we shall be forced to unleash hell upon them. (bunch of movie quotes in there :))

  7. Again, when you deal with the Left and Democrats you are not dealing with normal,sane people anymore. Increasingly you are dealing with Religious Fanatics, doubling down on Democratic Party Doctrine and Ivory Tower Theories that simply do not work, and that do not comport with reality. This is the same as the Church telling Galileo that he had better say that the Earth did not move around the Sun or he would be executed. E pur si muove!

    Here, we are being told that we must believe in transgenderism, to wit, that a man can put on a dress and become a woman, and go join the women’s track team. And you better not disagree or else they will get you! Democrats and the Left are used to being bullies. They are used to manufacturing consent. I still wonder why any sane white person will vote for any of them.

    Oh, and it is going to get worse. The more their beliefs come up crap, the harder they will defend them. Now some of them are saying that looting is a form of de facto reparations.

    Squeeky Fromm
    Girl Reporter

    1. When you deal with the Right and Republicans you are not dealing with normal, sane people anymore. Increasingly you are dealing with Religious Fanatics, doubling down on Republican Party Doctrine and Tax-Gun-COVID-19 Theories that simply do not work, and that do not comport with reality. Republicans and the Right are used to being bullies. They are used to manufacturing consent. I still wonder why any sane white person will vote for any of them. Oh, and it is going to get worse. The more their beliefs come up crap, the harder they will defend them.

      By the way, Miss Fromm, if you think that transgenderism means that a man can put on a dress and become a woman, you’re ignorant.

            1. I’ll wager that’s true of women in any masculine occupation. The thing is, < 2% of the female population have an abiding interest in other women and they're more often than not bisexual. "Than is usual" might not make it into double digits in re most of these occupations.

              1. Art — That sounds right. There was an interesting accidental experiment years ago when pregnant women were given masculine hormones to avoid miscarriages. The girls from those miscarriages tended to be tomboy, eschew feminine clothing and engage in sports but they were not notably more gay than the general population. The field is complex.

                In ‘Becoming Nicole’ of twin boys one identified as female almost from the beginning. Oddly Nicole was better at baseball than the male twin.

                I think it is too complex to rush to judgment on some of these issues.

                1. The girls from those miscarriages tended to be tomboy, eschew feminine clothing and engage in sports but they were not notably more gay than the general population. The field is complex.

                  Doesn’t exclude post hoc fallacies, however.

    2. Nazis, ISIS, the Shah of Iran, Extreme Islam, Pinochet, Argentine Junta, Brazil Junta, Greek Junta, Vichy France, Colonialism, slavery, etc., etc, all results of conservative right wing impulses, direction, whatever. Take a red and look in the mirror.

  8. Note to JT: I wonder where the most book burnings start or occur, on campus or off campus? The fascist left burns books while they sing…

    “And now it’s…
    Springtime for Hitler and Germany
    Deutschland is happy and gay!
    We’re marching to a faster pace
    Look out, here comes the master race!
    Springtime for Hitler and Germany
    Rhineland’s a fine land once more!
    Springtime for Hitler and Germany
    Watch out, Europe
    We’re going on tour!”

  9. “But the peculiar evil of silencing the expression of of an opinion is, that it is robbing the human race; posterity, as well as the existing generation; those who dissent from the opinion, still more than those who hold it.” J.S. Mill – On Liberty

            1. mespo727272, you’re the one who daily engages in insult fests.
              Of course I respond in kind, how else could you understand me?

              1. Anonymous to Mespo: “Of course I respond in kind, how else could you understand me?”

                You have no other way of engaging. You don’t know how to apply fact and logic. All you can do is act like a pest or insult. We should feel sorry for one that is mentally challenged like you are but your attitude is such that one stays away from that type of pity.

                1. Allan, you don’t know how to apply fact and logic. All you can do is act like a pest or insult. We should feel sorry for one that is mentally challenged like you are but your attitude is such that one stays away from that type of pity.

                  I respond in kind to you too, so that you understand me.

                  1. Since you are mentally challenged and cannot reply with fact, reason or even your own words I will repeat what I said.

                    “You have no other way of engaging. You don’t know how to apply fact and logic. All you can do is act like a pest or insult. We should feel sorry for one that is mentally challenged like you are but your attitude is such that one stays away from that type of pity.”

    1. Nonsense, brought to you by the “absurd ” and “insufferable” Art Deco, who is still (and always) “desperately seeking” something, while “teaching spastics to dance”…, and I’m sure that I’m forgetting some of “his” other monikers. He’s had so many…

      1. DSS doesn’t hide with an anonymous name and an icon that changes. Further, he is quite bright and is a good writer with a great vocabulary. He doesn’t easily blend in with other posters. You don’t either as you exist on the opposite pole.

  10. DumbSmokers need love too! Stickers.

    Oh it’s up against the wall you dumb smokers. Suicide is killing more today.
    It’s twice as bad as corona virus!
    Kicking chippers asses and raising hell.

      1. Izzzzlamist terrorists & the Demokkkrat Party are allies man . . .

        Slavery ? Didn’t the Demokkkrats run the south and lose the Civil War, create the KKK and stand on the Schoolhouse Steps in the 50s & 60s with Joe?

        Hitler was a fairly mainstream Leftist of his day. It must be remembered that he gained power by way of a democratic election, not by way of a revolution or a military coup.
        Hitler was BOTH a nationalist AND a socialist — as the full name of his political party (The National Socialist German Worker’s Party) implies.
        The description “Far-Right” is a great misnomer for the successors of Hitler in modern-day Germany. Modern-day German neo-Nazis are demonstrably just as Leftist as Hitler was. So are American, British and Australian neo-Nazis also Leftist in any sense?
        They are pre-war Leftists, just as Hitler was. They are a relic in the modern world of thinking that was once common on the Left but no longer is. They are a hangover from the past in every sense. They are antisemitic just as Hitler was. They are racial supremacists just as Hitler was. They are advocates of discipline just as Hitler was. They are advocates of national unity just as Hitler was. They glorify war just as Hitler did etc. And all those things that Hitler advocated were also advocated among the prewar American Left.

        1. Ya want to come forward to today. Names change but the concept remains the same. Today, Republicans are the resurgent fascists, ISIS, NAZI leaning, book burning, censoring, regressive sorts. How else did progressive become a dirty word for them? It’s always been conservative or liberal, regressive or progressive, religion or science, and so on. Next target, Darwin. I suppose this is that one step backward after two steps forward. What a step backward is Trump and McConnell and their ilk: hypocrisy, lies, treason, shame, disgrace, the laughing stock of the modern world.

          1. You have ALL the CNN talking points down pat . . . my clueless friend !

            Fascists were Socialists, they Controlled the Business Community . . . u know like Joe & O’Krazio Cortez want to do.

            The Demokkkrats are no long the party of JFK . . . today they have become the Party of Marx, with their allies in the streets, the BLM Marxists & the Antifa Fascists.

            Your have obviously never read a real History Book man . . . even China Joe would tell you that on one of his Good Days . . .

  11. Look for our resident Pinkos to ignore the message and complain that Turley is moving too far right.

    Reading the lefty comments is an insight into anger and rationalization.

    1. The leftists keep moving further to the left and love to bemoan about all the ‘right wingers’ they leave in their wake, many of whom are traditional liberals.

      This election is really boiling down to 2 very basic ideologies:

      Freedom vs Fascism.

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