As JK Rowling continues to be the poster child for TERFs everywhere, a Barnes & Noble on Union Square in New York made it clear that they are ready to turn the page on the troubled author.
It all started when a Twitter user took a picture of a very interesting screen in the store. Under a sign that read “The Unproblematic Wizarding World” was stacks of books by various authors, including Ursula Le Guin, Alice Hoffman and Deborah Harkness. Not included: Any Harry Potter book at all. While the author of the tweet seems to support the controversial author and subtitles image, “JK Rowling slander is real in children’s and noble,” many commentators applauded the bookstore’s decision to subtly take a stand.
Rowling’s supporters agreed with the original position that the show was a slander of Rowling. However, other Twitter users were quick to explain the various reasons why it is not true – specifically that the sign was accurate.
While the intent of the Barnes & Noble store is in the right place, they also pointed out on Twitter where they may have missed the mark a bit when it comes to the writers included in their “unproblematic” stack. Specific inclusion of Brandon Sanderson, a devoted Mormon who has repeatedly made homophobic comments (whether Dumbledore comes out in a case) and spoke out against gay marriage.
The Barnes & Noble store confirmed the image of the display but declined to comment, according to the British tabloid Daily Mail.
The author’s followers wrote on Twitter that the Barns & Noble sign was “slander” and that Harry Potter the author should sue the bookseller. It was shot down by other users who said it was not illegal to promote other fantasy writers as “unproblematic”.