With JK Rowling continuing to be the poster child for TERFs everywhere, Barnes & Noble made it clear at Union Square in New York City that they were ready to turn the page on the problematic author.
It all started when a Twitter user took a photo of a very interesting screen in the store. Under a banner that read “Unproblematic Wizarding World” were stacks of books from various authors, including Ursula Le Gein, Alice Hoffman, and Deborah Harkness. Not included: Any Harry Potter books whatsoever. While the author of the tweet appears to support the controversial author, captioning the photo, “a real JK Rowling slander on Barnes and Nobility,” several commentators praised the library’s decision to take a subtly stance.
Rowling’s supporters agreed with the original feeling that the show was a slander against Rowling. However, other Twitter users were quick to explain the various reasons why it wasn’t true – specifically that the tag was accurate.
While the Barnes & Noble store’s intent is in the right place, those on Twitter also pointed out where they may have missed the mark a bit when it came to authors included in their “unquestionable” group. Specifically listing Brandon Sanderson, a devout Mormon who has done this over and over again Made anti-gay comments (about Dumbledore exiting in one case) He spoke out against same-sex marriage.
Barnes & Noble has checked the screenshot, but declined to comment on it, according to the British tabloid daily mail.
Supporters of the author wrote on Twitter that the Barns & Noble brand was a “slander” and that Harry Potter The author must take legal action against the bookseller. This was rejected by other users who said promoting other fantasy authors as “unproblematic” was not illegal.