J.K. Rowling Among Several to Sign Letter Supporting the End of Cancel Culture

Author J.K. Rowling added her name to a long list of more than 100 other authors, scholars, and academics calling for the end of cancel culture amid social unrest across the nation.

In a letter, published in Harper’s Magazine, the community recognizes the importance of civil debate while simultaneously acknowledging the significance of protests calling for the end to racial injustice.

Rowling issued a tweet expressing her reasoning behind signing the letter.

“I was very proud to sign this letter in defence of a foundational principle of a liberal society: open debate and freedom of thought and speech,” Rowling said.

In the opening of the letter, the group argues this new wave of activism can often lead to the inability to tolerate the opinions of others.

“But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity,” the letter reads.

The letter goes on to identify President Donald Trump as “a real threat to Democracy” and notes the only way to achieve inclusion is by allowing others to speak out on all sides.

The letter claims conversation is becoming more limited and intolerance of other ideas continues to build.

“The free exchange of information and ideas, the lifeblood of a liberal society, is daily becoming more constricted,” the letter reads.

It continues:

“While we have come to expect this on the radical right, censoriousness is also spreading more widely in our culture: an intolerance of opposing views, a vogue for public shaming and ostracism, and the tendency to dissolve complex policy issues in a blinding moral certainty. We uphold the value of robust and even caustic counter-speech from all quarters.”

Editors, journalists, professors, researchers, and leaders of organizations are recognized as victims of cancel culture in the letter.

The letter comes to a close illustrating how the constriction of free speech can lead to more harm than good for democratic participation.

“The way to defeat bad ideas is by exposure, argument, and persuasion, not by trying to silence or wish them away,” the community said.

It adds, “We refuse any false choice between justice and freedom, which cannot exist without each other.”

Responses

  1. Delbert I really appreciate the balance and concision of your expression.

    I adamantly disagree with your assertion the culture of the Confederacy

    has been driven out of American life however.

    Current events show me that it has emerged again

    from the active underground it has been living in since

    the passage of The Desegragation Act.

    Prohibitive legislation cannot cause Attitudes and Beliefs,

    and their underlying Worldviews, to cease or disappear.

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  2. Screweduptape : the depth of your stupidity is only

    exceeded by the depth of your arrogance.

  3. “Cancel culture” is a label that was created on the right to make a political argument. Using the term at all makes the speaker complicit in the argument. I don’t like Jedi mind tricks buried in language. I cannot say it’s all bad, though: driving the culture of the Confederacy out of American life, a culture of racism, abuse, and exploitation of black people, is a good thing. I don’t see it as good that protesters tear down statues in defiance of law; that’s mob violence.
    They aren’t designated under law to interpret these monuments of culture and to emplace or remove them; their removal should be decided by a bunch of elected people in a peaceful public forum.

  4. Ms. Rowling has what is termed “FU money.” If not a single, additional one of her works sold, she’d still be unapologetically wealthy. Cancel culture or not.

    The whole concept of cancel culture is stupid and intolerant. If you eliminate all those voices that don’t sing along with you, the music gets boring and stultified. This also assumes:
    1. you can carry a tune (or clear thought process).
    2. your music choice is the bestest one.

    I agree with thoughtful celebs like Rowling and Ricky Gervais on trans-genders.

    Trans-genders are basically a bunch of mentally-ill men (gender dysphoria remains listed in the DSM) depriving biological (i.e. actual) women of their basic rights to privacy, fair participation in sports, etc. It’s the ultimate in male chauvinism (remember when that was a thing? Apparently it still is).

    Let’s apply the illogic of those who indulge these deluded individuals. I believe I’m a spotted-owl, just like you might believe a man can fly, err, be a woman. Because WE say so.

    I won’t start ingesting whole rodents nor vomiting pellets. Though having the gov.’t grant me several hundred acres of old-growth forest would be nice.Neither can these transgender women menstrate, give birth, or lactate.

    Here’s a compromise. Set up separate categories. Real, biological women and those who think they are women but lack the DNA. Let each group have it’s own equal rights, but considered as separate. Not one set of rights above another.

  5. General – your feelings of being impacted by cancel culture does not negate the fact that on many, recent occasions conservative speakers were canceled due to protests. Which is exactly what this letter was saying shouldn’t be done. That’s what i thought was weird.

    Cancel culture is deeply ingrained in both sides – that’s the problem.

  6. “This is weird because Trump and his associates are against – and typically victims of – cancel culture.” Phoenix

    I am confused.

    Victims? Kind Donald The Loser, his cult, and his American Fascist Party, and conservative media are way bigger proponents of csncel culture than liberals ever will be.

    How many times have I been told to get out of this country just because I don’t toe their line of thought? Their way or the highway? Who painted over the yellow “BLM” street logo? How many here have threatened the very existence of ANY liberal thought in this country? The same idea is behind the “fake news” slogan and the idea of eliminating opposing media, Hollywood, or liberal culture in general.

    Oh, yes, cancel culture is deeply ingrained in their thought.

  7. It would be instructive to learn how well

    rabid feral hogs tolerate toxic trumphuhk

    and his toxic base.

  8. This is weird because Trump and his associates are against – and typically victims of – cancel culture. So I’m not sure why he would be listed as a threat to democracy in a letter about cancel culture.

    She’s in hot water herself with people calling to boycott her books after some unfortunate comments that her readers took exception to.

    This is just a weird article.

  9. J. K. Rowling is a real hypocrite. Here she is promoting rights and freedoms, but don’t get her started with trans people. Whoa! She has a REAL problem with them.

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