The woke mob has proven that even icons on the Left will face its vengeance when it is confronted by a difference of opinion. The two most notable targets are J.K. Rowling and Richard Dawkins, both cultural influencers who have now been taken to the woodshed for their opposition to the woke insistence that there are more than two genders.
The exceptionally popular author of the Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling, who was not long ago hailed as a philanthropist and iconic liberal feminist, continues to be savaged by the same woke media that built her reputation. She has violated the woke religious code by her opposition to the transgender agenda. The latest, according to New York Daily News:
Visitors to Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture will still see “Harry Potter” artifacts in the institution’s Fantasy: Worlds of Myth and Magic gallery, but they won’t see a trace of J.K. Rowling, the author of the book series. The museum has removed mentions of Rowling because of her anti-trans comments.
Imagine stripping an author from her own work over rash, unfounded accusations. The museum’s project manager, Chris Moore, accuses Rowling of being “super hateful” and “divisive.” The woke mob has become akin to the Sharia police — which is, ironically, positioned on the other side of the coin, where the “Islamophobia” brigade also exists.
Preeminent scientist Richard Dawkins, who once condemned “his fellow liberals as ‘cowards’ over their apparent failure to condemn Islam for the way it treats certain people,” is also now being savaged because he referenced the transgender notion of more than two genders as a “distortion of reality” and declared that scientifically, “sex really is binary”; “there are two sexes and that’s all there is to it.” Dawkins has come out publicly in defense of Rowling, saying that she is being “bullied” by trans activists in order to force her to “pretend biology doesn’t exist.”
Dawkins is now being accused of abandoning science “to justify his transphobia,” as he, too, is facing a systematic diminishment of his reputation, just as Rowling continues her descent among the woke arbiters of what actually constitutes reality. Dawkins also faced retribution from the woke two years ago when the American Humanist Association withdrew its humanist of the year award from Dawkins for the alleged crime of “demean[ing] marginalised groups” using “the guise of scientific discourse.”
Dawkins subsequently tweeted:
In 2015, Rachel Dolezal, a white chapter president of NAACP, was vilified for identifying as Black. Some men choose to identify as women, and some women choose to identify as men. You will be vilified if you deny that they literally are what they identify as.
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) April 10, 2021
I do not intend to disparage trans people. I see that my academic “Discuss” question has been misconstrued as such and I deplore this. It was also not my intent to ally in any way with Republican bigots in US now exploiting this issue .
— Richard Dawkins (@RichardDawkins) April 12, 2021
It is astonishing to witness the savagery that was, up to recently, typically reserved for those on the Right, who were beaten up, dubbed “hateful” and marginalized without any real evidence. Those specifically who criticized Islam or called out behaviors on the Left that were systematically eroding America’s First Amendment were singled out for abuse. Other Western nations, including Canada and countries in Western Europe, have also experienced assaults upon the unalienable rights of citizens as recognized in those nations’ constitutions.
In a blog post published in March, Moore, who is transgender, stated:
There’s a certain cold, heartless, joy-sucking entity in the world of Harry Potter and, this time, it is not actually a Dementor. We would love to go with the internet’s theory that these books were actually written without an author, but this certain person is a bit too vocal with her super hateful and divisive views to be ignored….For the time being, the curators decided to remove any of her artefacts [sic] from this gallery to reduce her impact.
Many targets of the woke mob may find themselves scratching their heads in the face of this latest woke barrage of name-calling, bullying and labeling. Such behavior is founded on nothing more than than an individual’s refusal to appease and to accept and regurgitate woke indoctrination when they are told to do so.
As Dawkins stated in an interview with Piers Morgan:
I think it’s very sad. Universities are places where you should be free to speak your mind, listen, even to something that you don’t like, and it’s very tragic they have bought in to the idea that if you don’t like what you think you’re going to hear from someone, you should shut them up.
The woke are the true perpetrators of hatred and division in free societies. They scream “diversity,” but radically oppose the real meaning of diversity. Anything that does not fit into their scheme and world view, they reject with labels, rage and punitive consequences. It is now evident that even those whom woke arbiters once embraced could at any minute be thrown under the bus, if they violate woke tenets.