A war of words erupts between “Harry Potter” and “Chocolat” author Joan Harris over gender identity issues.
The feud began after Rowling expressed concern about Salman Rushdie, author of The Satanic Verses, when he was attacked and received a death threat on Twitter. Harris, president of the UK Authors’ Society, has expressed support for Rowling “and for everyone in a similar situation”.
as a response, Rowling told The Times She “has received no communication whatsoever from Harris expressing sympathy for the death and rape threats I have received.”
Harris has consistently failed to criticize tactics designed to silence and intimidate women who do not agree with her personal position on gender identity ideology, and has said publicly, ‘Cancellation is not a dirty word. “We usually eliminate things we no longer want,” Rowling told The Times.
In response, Harris said, “I have always said loud and clear that I condemn any kind of threat to anyone. This applies to people whose opinions I differ as well as those with whom I share opinions. Freedom of speech is for everyone, and when one person loses it, we are all in danger.” “.
Harris has a transgender son, while Rowling posted a comment against using the phrase “people who menstruate” in place of women. People on Twitter interpreted this attitude as transformation-averse.
“Yes, I support transgender rights. I also have a son who came out as trans a few months ago. But my personal feelings about the critical gender movement do not affect my belief in free speech, or what I do for @Soc_of_Authors,” Harris tweeted.
Yes, I support transgender rights. I also have a son who came out as trans a few months ago. But my personal feelings about the gender critical movement do not affect my belief in freedom of expression, or what I do for Tweet embed.
– Joanne Harris (@Joanechocolat) August 16, 2022
“Chocolat” was adapted as a 2000 movie, starring Johnny Depp and Juliette Binoche, directed by Lacey Hallstrom.