Author JK Rowling is no longer a liberal in good standing.
Her traditionalist views on sex and gender have made her persona non-grata in elite left-wing society.
But a Hollywood actress said one thing about the Harry Potter author that angered liberals.
Harry Potter author JK Rowling was widely celebrated by the Left.
All of that changed when Rowling spoke out against radical transgender ideology, which sprang out of nowhere as a primary issue for the Left.
In 2019, Rowling wrote, “Dress however you please. Call yourself whatever you like. Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you. Live your best life in peace and security. But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real?”
After that simple statement, she was mercilessly attacked by the Left, including cast members from the Harry Potter films.
But one cast member that unequivocally stood up for Rowling was actress Helena Bonham Carter, who played Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter series.
Carter said of Rowling’s treatment, “It’s horrendous, a load of bollocks. I think she has been hounded…It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmentalism of people. She’s allowed her opinion, particularly if she’s suffered abuse. Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain. You don’t all have to agree on everything — that would be insane and boring. She’s not meaning it aggressively, she’s just saying something out of her own experience.”
It’s amazing how stating objective reality has become so controversial.
The blowback was so severe, Rowling did not even attend the 20th anniversary of the first Harry Potter film.
Carter continued, “No one can talk about ideas [on Twitter]; it becomes polarised and is war, and people waste days being angry inside their head…If she hadn’t been the most phenomenal success, the reaction wouldn’t be so great. So I think there’s a lot of envy unfortunately and the need to tear people down that motors a lot of this cancelling. And schadenfreude.”
Rowling still maintains all of her liberal views, but that isn’t good enough for militant leftists.
People have to be all in, or they’re cast into the outer darkness.
But the Left might’ve traveled a bridge too far with the radical gender ideology push because people are resisting in large numbers.
Now celebrities like Carter feel more emboldened to speak out in support of sanity.
The actress also defended Johnny Depp, who nearly got run out of Hollywood entirely amid allegations from ex-wife Amber Heard.
Carter said, “Oh, I think he’s completely vindicated,” and when asked if the Depp verdict was the #MeToo pendulum swinging back, she added, “My view is that [Heard] got on that pendulum. That’s the problem with these things — that people will jump on the bandwagon because it’s the trend and to be the poster girl for it.”
It appears that people have had enough of cancel culture and bullying people into silence.