If you’re going to side with multimillionaire Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling about transgenderism, it’s best to BE J.K. Rowling.
Otherwise the publishing industry will expel you from its magical Hogwarts.
In the latest example of people’s careers being ruined by gay and transgender activists, Scottish novelist Gillian Philip was last week booted unceremoniously from her role writing stories for a major publisher, reports The Scotsman.
The writer, who wrote a popular series of books for eight to 12-year-olds, made the mistake of adding the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling to her handle on Twitter, the Internet platform which swallows up careers like a social media Bermuda Triangle.
The hashtag brought a torrent of online abuse and emails to her employer, Working Partners, a “fiction packaging” firm which devises money-making series for publishing houses and commissions authors to crank them out.
Philip, 56, expressed her support for Rowling after the Harry Potter creator retweeted an article referring to ‘people who menstruate’ instead of using the word ‘women’. Rowling was subjected to much abuse and was accused of being “transphobic,” a word that attempts to characterize distaste or disgust as fear.
In turn, Philip – one of several authors writing under the name Erin Hunter on popular animal fantasy series including Warrior Cats, Survivors and Bravelands from HarperCollins – found herself out of a job for her support of Rowling.
Interestingly, the abuse Philip received was described as “sexualized.” She also got death threats from the trans lobby, and inexplicably tweeted ‘Bring it on, homophobes and lesbianhaters’ – which only made things worse.
Within 24 hours, James Noble, managing editor of Working Partners, replied to the barrage of complaints, saying: ‘The worlds created by Erin Hunter are meant to be inclusive for all readers and we want to let you know that Gillian Philip will no longer be writing any Erin Hunter novels.’
Inclusive for all but those who build them, that is.