Billboard put up in Vancouver, Canada, to show support for J.K. Rowling, the Harry Potter author, have been removed after trans-rights activists declared them transphobic.
JK Rowling received death threats when she expressed that there is a biological difference between trans and cis women. Her name is now recognised as a symbol of hate in Canada and the UK.
The 55-year-old author has always championed the LGBTQ+ movement. However, in the eyes of trans-rights activists, a single tweet turned her from a hero to villain.
Rowling’s tweeted in support of a British woman who lost her livelihood after claiming that there’s a clear biological difference between men and women and that — try as they might — you can’t completely transform.
Maya Forstater was fired from her job at the Centre for Global Development after she expressed her disapproval to British government proposal that would make it easier for transgender people to change their legal sex in a Tweet.
Pattison Outdoor “I <3 (Love) JK Rowling” billboard/sign erected in Vancouver, Canada.
In response the LGBTQ community started a campaign to get #FireMaya trending and hounded her place of employment until her employers caved.
Maya’s Tweet was removed from the platform for hateful conduct and her account was locked for 24 hours while thousands online celebrated the woman being out of job right before Christmas.
“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,” Rowling tweeted.”But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya.”
This tweet alone was enough to warrant the complete and utter cancellation of the author of the beloved Harry Potter series.
Woman standing in front of massive “I <3 (Love) JK Rowling” billboard/sign, and celebrates.
Even the Harry Potter actor himself, Daniel Radcliffe, slammed Rowling for her tweet saying that her tweets were en dangerous trans lives, adding even more fuel to fire.
“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe said on the Trevor Project. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I.”
Radcliffe, 30, falsely claimed that mental illness had nothing to do with the high fatality rate of trans identifying people, but it was a direct cause of privileged cis people bullying them.
JK Rowling fans unite at billboard/sign to show support to the Harry Potter author after she receives death threats for standing up for women and girls.
“It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm,” Radcliffe added, insinuating that J.K. Rowling’s comment were somehow danger to trans lives.
Radcliffe comments resulted in J.K. Rowling receiving death threats both in person and online. An article, that was later retracted, was posted online by The Sun that glorified and encouraged domestic violence against the author when they published an interview with her ex-husband saying that he had no regrets beating her.
The article was largely shared online by people who were supporting her abusive ex-husband.
Fans rallied behind the author in her time of need and commissioned billboards that were placed in Vancouver, Canada, saying “I Love J.K. Rowling.”
Amy Hamm, who lives in New Westminster and Chris Elston, a South Surrey resident, paid Pattison Outdoor, an arm of the Jim Pattison Group to put up the sign on Friday around 6:30 a.m. PT. It was vandalised and taken down only two days later.
The billboards erected around the Vancouver, Canada, were vandalised by angry trans-rights activists with paint mixed with faeces and other bodily fluids, and eventually ordered to be taken down and destroyed after an online protest.
Pattison Outdoor cave to TRA demands and agree to remove the “I <3 (Love) JK Rowling” billboard because the the sign is hateful and transphobic.
After seeing the destruction of her billboard, Amy Eileen Hamm sent a a heart-felt message to Pattison Outdoor begging them to keep up up, and protect their expression to freedom of speech.
“We rented a billboard from your company that states ‘I <3 JK Rowling’. We did this because we were inspired by Rowling standing up for the rights of women, girls, and children.
“JK Rowling is not a transphobic and neither are we. Like her, we are concerned about the impact of gender identity ideology on the rights of women and girls. We believe that most Canadians recognise that ‘woman’ is a biological reality, rather than a feeling.
“Our billboard was vandalised the first night, and I know many are contacting Pattison Outdoor to have it removed.
“We ask that you stand with us, stand with women, and stand for free expression.”
Sadly, her message was ignored and Pattison Outdoor agreed that the message displayed on the billboards were propagating hate and transphobia after trans-rights activists complained on social media and ordered the billboards to be taken down.
Even the Canadian Broadcast Corporation declared the “I Love J.K. Rowling” billboards to be extremely controversial.
J.K. Rowling’s highly anticipated third sequel to the Harry Potter prequel, Fantastic Beasts 3, will start filming in February, 2021, and is expected to his cinemas mid 2022.