J.K. Rowling Tweeted Vehement Support Of A Woman Fired Over Transphobic Tweets

December 19, 2019 / Posted by:

J.K. Rowling, Queen of After-The-Fact Irrelevant Representation, managed to disappoint people right before we end the decade, as she sent out a tweet giving support to a woman who was in the news for being fired over transphobic tweets. Yes, Miss Magical Herself has said “JK!” to being a welcoming person who accepts others, and her polyjuice potion has worn off, revealing the dementor within. Again.

A little back story on this first. Maya Forstater was a tax expert for the Centre for Global Development in London and her contract was not renewed over transphobic tweets like this:

After Maya was told her contract was not being renewed due to her “offensive and exclusionary” tweets, she obviously didn’t agree with that and took her case to The Central London Employment Tribunal and a hearing was held. via The Guardian

The Central London employment tribunal convened a preliminary hearing over the issue of whether her tweets, such as “men cannot change into women”, should be protected under the 2010 Equality Act. She funded her legal challenge through the CrowdJustice website.

Forstater has been supported by Index on Censorship. Its chief executive, Jodie Ginsberg, has said previously: “From what I have read of [Forstater’s] writing, I cannot see that Maya has done anything wrong other than express an opinion that many feminists share – that there should be a public and open debate about the distinction between sex and gender.”

Judge James Tayler (yes, his name is James Tayler) ruled against Maya and upheld her firing:

But in a 26-page judgment released late on Wednesday, Tayler dismissed her claim. “I conclude from … the totality of the evidence, that [Forstater] is absolutist in her view of sex and it is a core component of her belief that she will refer to a person by the sex she considered appropriate even if it violates their dignity and/or creates an intimidating, hostile, degrading, humiliating or offensive environment. The approach is not worthy of respect in a democratic society.”

Maya responded to the decision on Twitter:

And many crowned J.K. Rowling as Queen of the TERFS when she defended Maya and declared that she’s on Maya’s side:

People were quick to roast J.K. Rowling on Twitter:

This is not the first time J.K. has faced criticism for potential bigotry, but still, lots of people defended J.K., saying that she’s only talking about science. That led to an actual doctor slipping into her comments to say this:

Even Hermione disagrees with J.K.:

I watched the Harry Potter movies and skipped most of the books (all but one and half) so tell me: is there a part where the Ministry Of Magic looks into the disgusting transgender people lurking in those bathrooms that also flush/teleport you to work? Must’ve missed it.

Pic: Wenn.com

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