Author of the renowned “Harry Potter” series J.K Rowling has been nominated for an arguable essay she wrote about the transgender community. The BBC has added Rowling’s name to the list defending its decision by simply stating that this is the price one pays for freedom of speech.
The article was highlighted by the media and sparked controversy around June. It offended the masses and talked about the classification of transgender women as women and contained rude statements about transgender rights and privileges.
Rowling went on to share the horrors of domestic violence and sexual abuse and said that when you normalize the fact that men can enter into women’s changing rooms and toilets just because they see themselves differently and hold an identity that varies from yours doesn’t give them the right to barge in and do as they please.
She further said that it is not okay for women to feel insecure in an environment that isn’t meant to harm them but is gradually turning into one that puts their safety in jeopardy.
Many from the industry have found her essay to not be in good taste and have boycotted her work. They’ve expressed their discontent and remarked that Rowling does not deserve to be in the running for the Russell Prize.
Editor David Levesley called it a factually inaccurate attempt to justify transphobia and remarked that it makes me want to give up on journalism.
Regarding the matter, two of the largest fan sites, The Leaky Cauldron and Mugglenet said that we do not stand for the backlash that Rowling has faced but do not promote her opinions or ideas.
Actress Emma Watson who played the role of Hermione Granger from the books showed their support for the community and detached herself from the 55-year old’s questionable composition. As of yet, Rowling has not said anything about her candidacy