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Wednesday, 5 January 2022
Pro-Trans, Pro-Palestine: Celebrities Condemn Harry Potter and his Mother
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by Phyllis Chesler

The Harry Potter series has seized the imagination of the entire world. Its characters and author are now being subjected to the Thought Crime police. The actors who owe Rowling their careers, livelihood, and celebrity have also turned on her.

Poor J.K. Rowling! Not only is she under attack for her views on the transgender issue—she is now being accused of Jew hatred based on some of the characters in Harry Potter.

Comedian Jon Stewart, formerly of The Daily Show, has just accused J.K. Rowling of anti-Semitism. And why? Because her depiction of the “goblins” who run Gringotts, the underground bank where everyone’s gold is stored is, in his opinion, an anti-Jewish stereotype. He wonders why the “goblins” are the underground bankers… Get it?

Apparently, fiction, even fantasy, must conform to rigid speech code rules. But unlike Wagner’s Nibelungen, Albrecht, (a “dwarf” or a descendent of a “race of dwarfs’) who stole and who hoards the gold which can control the world in Wagner’s four part opera The Ring Cycle—Rowling’s “goblins” merely guard it and release it to its rightful owner—just like the Swiss do. 

Call me crazy but once I read the comedian Jon Stewart’s allegation, I immediately thought that Stewart, born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz, (changed his name, wonder why—nah, I know why) must also favor Palestine i.e. his anti-Semitism is anti-Zionism. Bingo! Even Al-Jazeera mourned his departure and bid him a “fond farewell” as one of the only Americans who told the truth about Israel and Palestine.

Stewart, a genuinely funny guy, is one of those “As a Jew” people who stand tall upon their own ethnicity in order to critique Israel. Well, he’s one of those dangerously crazy-funny guys.

Then there’s the actress Emma Watson whose also known and beloved as Hermione Granger in Harry Potter. Oh, Hermione! How can you use your celebrity in such a cheap way? I may never again be able to enjoy Hermione’s officiousness, brilliance, and tenacity. My Hermione/Watson is both pro-trans and pro-Palestine.

Here’s what may be going on. Those who are pro-trans, who believe that identity trumps sex; that a man can be a woman if he says so, and that a woman can be a man—if she says so; who favor the descriptor “queer” over lesbian or homosexual; who are earnestly trying to expand what they see as the limitations of both sex and gender—these are also the kind of people who believe that a country that has never existed—that would be Palestine—is nevertheless the most important, the most persecuted, and the most heroic country in the whole world.

In a sense, the pro-trans actors are supreme fantasists and Rowling is their creator and their competition.

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Posted on 01/05/2022 1:43 PM by Phyllis Chesler
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6 Jan 2022
Send an emailHoward Nelson
These transgenderviles, displeased with their nonacceptance by others, compound their warped logic in ever tightening loops of strangling lunacy. The psychiatric DSM can’t keep up in rationalizing this product of Stupidity x Morbidity. This continuing dive into deep dumbness is an eighth and a half Blunder of the World. Let us revel in ridicule of the brazen banality of this burnished, bronzed bs.

6 Jan 2022
Send an emailSue r
The whole tenor of Harry Potter is antiracist. Humans known as muggles are treated disdainfully by the magical folk and Harry himself as half Muggle experiences discrimination. JK Rowling was a teacher before she made it as an author and her book is totally inline with official equal education policy. Where there is a problem is that the scene in Gringrotts bank is filmed in the lobby of the Australian High Commission which as a five-pointed star inlaid on the floor. Why this was not noticed and covered up I cannot imagine. This is not Ms Rowling's fault.

6 Jan 2022
Send an emailSue r
I meant ofcourse a six pointed star.

6 Jan 2022
Send an emailSue r
It is also claimed that the goblins have booked noses and ear-locks. These are not hassidic ear-curls but perfectly standard Victorian mutton chop whiskers. To claim otherwise is, in my opinion, to be mischievous or maybe it is plain ignorance.

6 Jan 2022
Send an emailSue r
I believe John Stewart has rowed back from his remarks, trying to pass it off as a joke. Hmmm...


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