This is not a drill: it’s time to #cancel JK Rowling

Rori Porter
4 min readDec 19, 2019

I am not very fond of cancel culture. Typically you see cancel tactics used against people who lack power, which is my biggest problem with how you see “canceling” implemented. Cancel culture can be toxic and often seeks to destroy the lives of average people who made mistakes online. You see people doxxed and threatened, and in this way cancel culture is very dangerous. When wielded as a weapon against people who can’t hold their ground and fight back or issue an apology through a PR firm, cancel culture can be devastating. This is why there is such a movement against cancel culture — it’s not equitable.

But JK Rowling is not that person. She is a celebrity with enormous brand properties, financial resources, legal assistance, PR firms, and security, all amounting to a person who has the means to weather a social media storm.

Rowling commands an enormous audience and she has historically misused her platform in ways that can only disenfranchise minority people. Hook-nosed goblin bankers, anyone? Oh, and how about the two instances of Asian representation only serving as props for white characters? How about native cultures gleefully being appropriated to add realism to her “Fantastic Beasts” backstories?

Do I even need to mention the insult of retroactively making a character gay, rather than admitting that Rowling didn’t know how to be representative of LGB people in the 90s?

JK Rowling is a celebrity who needs to be boycotted and “canceled” as a means of minimizing her reach to children.

The fact is, JK Rowling needs to be taken to task before a trans kid spirals out because of her words and dies by suicide.

Today, JK Rowling sent out a tweet that is making waves through my community.

lol. Did I say waves? It’s a fucking hurricane.

“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? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotaDrill”

Rowling’s tweet is referring to anti-trans activist Maya Forstater, who recently lost a lawsuit in which she challenged that she should have the…

Rori Porter

Queer Transfemme writer & designer based out of Los Angeles. She/Her/They/Their. Editor of Anthology.