The canceling of author J.K. Rowling continued this week when a New Zealand book festival put the brakes on a Harry Potter-themed event due to the author’s past comments criticizing aspects of transgender ideology.
“Featherston Booktown Karukatea organisers have chosen not to feature a popular Harry Potter quiz on this year’s programme because of alleged transphobic comments made by the beloved fictional series’ author, JK Rowling,” reported Stuff.
Canceling the “Harry Potter” event comes not without a tinge of irony, according to feminist activist Jenny Whyte, given that “Featherston Booktown has a session selling tickets to a panel discussing cancel culture.”
“It’s really funny that all the way from the UK where a world-famous writer has gotten into trouble for expressing quite compassionate and reasonable views, all the way down to tiny little Featherston. It encapsulates the whole madness of it quite well,” said Whyte, who is also a lesbian.
Peter Biggs, the festival board chairman, said the decision to cancel the event