Death of the Author 2: Rowling Boogaloo
Lindsay Ellis
I'm so tired.
Death of the Author:
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  • Lindsay Ellis
    Lindsay Ellis

    Pee is stored in the balls.

    • fox star
      fox star

      Have you tried canada dry ginger lemonade?

    • Captain Zork
      Captain Zork

      Y u so hot??

    • Matthew Serda
      Matthew Serda

      My day was ruined until I saw this

    • RollyAces

      Wrong it's in your balls

    • James Meow
      James Meow

  • ThePCguy17

    Honestly, despite the Harry Potter books being a huge part of my life, I'm not too broken up about this. I already disagree with Rowling on so many things she's done to her franchise, most especially since the absolute shitshow that was Cursed Child. Disagreeing with her about trans individuals is just one more thing to add to the list of things I don't like about her. I already thought that Rowling created the wonder that was Harry Potter by getting really, really lucky, not because she's actually a talented writer. It is unfortunate that so many people disagree with me and that she wields so much influence, but again, I already thought that.

  • No one Of note
    No one Of note

    Why is this video in a Call me Kevin Fallout 4 playlist?

  • LittleMissBison

    Pseudointellectual, the definition.

  • Mister Rainrix
    Mister Rainrix

    Ever notice that the Trans Supporting 'celebs' like Ellis, Radcliffe etc etc... Never date trans people? What they're mouth says, their actions betray...

  • Zachary Martin
    Zachary Martin

    Thank you.

  • SP Potterstark
    SP Potterstark

    Death of Wokeness more like it Get a life haters The replies to this video shows what happens when you surround yourself with like minded people: they coalesce around like minded rhetoric and spread these thoughts to others. How is having concerns about some of these issues transphobic? 1. Non dysphoric people misusing transgenderism no matter how rare 2. Malpractice involving trans treatment includes surgery and therapy 3. Age appropriateness to transition 4. Misuse of transgenderism as a way to deal with homophobia 5. Erasure of important woman concepts that make trans people feel excluded eg cervix. 6. Cancel culture and lack of intelligence of woke folk. 7. Lack of support for detransitioners 8. Policies that have loophole to be misused by criminals 9. Safety of both trans people and woman 10. The damages of illegal gender reassignment surgery can have on some people

    • Paul Elkin
      Paul Elkin

      I always enjoy watching you special snowflakes get triggered, so let's go down your list. I particularly enjoy how much of your idiocy is plagiarized from Nazis talking about their "concerns" about the "Jewish question," as if this tactic were remotely subtle. 1. Being trans doesn't require having dysphoria. You misusing definitions doesn't change what terms actually mean. 2. Malpractice can happen with all forms of surgery and therapy. Malpractice isn't reduced by attacking the people for whom the surgery (if properly conducted) would be beneficial. 3. If age appropriateness is an actual concern for you, the actual problem has been worked around with puberty blockers adopted from other medical treatments. By taking these procedures already used in medical practice for other problems the subject of transitioning can be pushed back to a later age, without puberty making the damage more severe. You know, the same safety measure the "anti-woke" crowd is trying to have banned. 4. If this is a genuine concern, the solution is to deal with homophobia directly rather than harming third parties. 5. If these "women concepts" were so important, it would justify naming them and making them separate bullet points. You notice how often the people bawling that their "concerns," aren't being heard to the national news bother to do that? 6. I fully agree that Rowling has complete lack of intelligence. However, her suing critics into silence has nothing to do with trans people. Further, the right cancelling the lives of people they don't like is a safety issue, but this cancel culture isn't a concern specifically about trans people or the idea of extending basic human decency to those who don't share your identity. And it isn't solved but putting the blame on the murder victims. 7. The same idiocy stripping support from people who transitioned once inherently strips the support from anyone who decides to transition back. The medical knowledge of how to do this is based on the same research, for instance. 8. Loopholes exist with any and all policies. That you heard someone pot out one policy has loopholes and immediately got too hysterical to realize they all do isn't an argument for reducing the safety of trans people. I don't expect you to have the mental capacity to understand an analogy, but free speech laws also have loopholes that can be misused by criminals. That doesn't mean we should ban free speech, no matter how much you get offended that I'm allowed to disagree with you without being jailed for it. 9. And yet, here you are, getting offended that some people are putting forth proposals to increase the safety of trans people. Although I appreciate the Freudian slip of "people and women." 10. This is why people who remotely care about the safety of trans people work toward legalizing such surgeries and regulating them to establish minimum standards of safety. Contrast the idiocy of, say, the anti-woke crowd hysterically demanding such surgeries remain underground and without safety precautions. Overall, I do appreciate you writing this out. You've done an exquisite job showing you complete idiots are too lacking in intelligence to understand any logical argumentation. That the majority of your listed "concerns," only serve to reduce people's safety for as long as nothing changes does an excellent job of that.

  • Ron Gneezy
    Ron Gneezy

    I mean... Rowling was problematic from the first Harry Potter book. See also: hook-nosed, bald, banker "goblins"

  • antithesis1900

    lol brave and stunning

  • Burnsy

    I think the turn on JK Rowling is shocking. Her opinion isn’t even controversial, it’s what most people think.

  • Alison

    I already drank canada dry

  • Sophia Procter
    Sophia Procter

    see that’s why i read the rewritten versions of harry potter on wattpad

  • OfficialSkyPiglet

    I agree with you for the most part, but I disagree with you that she's doing this out of some misguided desire to do the right thing. I don't think that TERFs should get the benefit of a doubt when there is a vast wealth of knowledge and information to the contrary of their beliefs, especially when the TERF in question is so socially powerful and has already done so much damage. Trans women have suffered and will continue to suffer from her ideology, in very real, material ways. Also, there's evidence of her vile, horrendous transmisogyny in her 2014 book The Silkworm, written under the pen name Robert Galbraith. Trans women have been saying that JK Rowling is transphobic for over half a decade, and no one listened to us until she made even more undeniable evidence in the public spotlight of Twitter. She is firmly entrenched in this garbage, and she chooses to parrot it every single day.

    • herbert hidgens
      herbert hidgens

      You're absolutely right! Rowling has been openly transphobic for a pretty long time now. I think what Lindsay meant is that in her (Rowling's) eyes, she's doing the right thing with the things she says and shares. She thinks she's just protecting women and helping feminism and young people "getting dragged into the ideology" or whatever. We of course know she's not helping anyone and is just a huge transphobe and no matter her intentions she's still literally using her platform to actively hurt a group of marginalized people. Just that from her point of view, she thinks that she IS helping a group of marginalized people (women, lesbians, gay people in general with her "new form of conversion therapy" claims). That in no way excuses her, it's really frustrating and terrible that she just won't listen to trans people (only the very few who for some reason agree with her) or literal scientific facts and decides to use her platform like this.

  • Osaka Ghoul
    Osaka Ghoul

    Still not sure why i recommended this channel.

  • GearandaltheFirst

    The text doesn't belong to the other but that doesn't keep them from shitting on it through the bars

  • Sajra Galesic
    Sajra Galesic

    "Tolkien has been dead for fifty years and is not on Twitter" is basically the same as "Karl Marx has been canceled by bronchitis" but has a different energy.

  • nicekid99

    Harry Potter really had no place in my childhood , or my life so far in general. I have never read any of the books and I watched about 2 of the movies quite a while ago, but I barely remember what those movies were about. My only introduction to J. K. Rowling is through those tweets she puts out and people making fun of her for adding weird details about the Harry Potter series.

  • Jillian McMahon
    Jillian McMahon

    Harry Potter was never my thing, but my kids are balls deep in the universe right now. They are young, and my partner and I have decided to keep them blissfully unaware. I feel kind of like this decision will come back to bite me in the Santa Claus.

  • gtmuse329A

    It’s sad...our family grew up reading the books out loud as a family and watching the movies. Now I get a bit nauseous thinking about reading or watching them . Death of the author not going to do it and Potter must go.

  • SiryusMGG

    She said a lot of things but also nothing ._.

  • Jesujej

    finally a succesfull woman writer but she has mean thoughts oh nooo!!11

    • Paul Elkin
      Paul Elkin

      I rather enjoy that the best defense of Rowling I've seen in these comments consists of being so misogynistic as to erase tons of successful women authors. Kudos on another example of that.

  • Panda

    The JKR who wrote the Harry Potter isn't JKR on Twitter now, there are no underlining tones/messages/hints about her Twiter opinions in Harry Potter the book franchise, so why can't you separate the author when reading it. If you don't like her opinions you can stop financially supporting her and supporting her BRAND of Harry Potter, but you can still reread the books and enjoy them independent from the author.

  • Ben Evans
    Ben Evans

    If you dont like her behaviour, buy the books 2nd hand from a thrift/charity/op shop if you want them. She doesn't get royalties and you help a charity.

  • Zedatkins Zed
    Zedatkins Zed

    Ok, I'll out myself as someone who NEVER like JKR or trusted the HP franchise. It was based on so much English boarding school stuff that it reeked of old school white English privelage (even Harry being the poor orphan under the stairs is solved by him being a magical Jesus avatar). But the argument here is less about DotA and it's ethics and more about cancel culture being ok. I'm not disagreeing with you re JKR and her influence- I'm just saying this argument isn't actually about Death of the Author. Personally I started ignoring JKR years ago her Twitter antics have been bonkers from the start.

  • VictorianGM777

    "shameless TERF-ery" is not "normalized" in the UK...idk why you think that? Bit of a sweeping generalization, don't you think? We think transphobes suck too. Source: I live in the UK.

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      Caleb Hernandez


  • Conny Bengtsson
    Conny Bengtsson

    It must be hard to enjoy life being as smart as you are. Ignorance is bliss indeed! Keep up the amazing work, your channel rocks!

  • Sajra Galesic
    Sajra Galesic

    All Hail the Algorythm. Wanted to say that Lindsay and Elisa (Maven of the Eventide) helped me to develop a positive form of feminism.

  • Jack T
    Jack T

    I need a captain (I’m not on twitter): what happened and what did JK Rowling say/write ?

  • Showmanship Gaming
    Showmanship Gaming

    I'm still confused a bit. Didn't Rowling say that Dumbledore was gay? Where is the homophobic stuff coming from?

    • SaveMeMoon

      She hasn't stated anything homophobic yet (what I know of at least) but she's continuously posting transphobic articles on her twitter.

  • Kasilyn S.
    Kasilyn S.

    She ruined Harry Potter for so many people I hate her for that I love HP, I love the world she created, I have bought so many merch and started the 20th year edition of books I'll wait till she dies to finish I guess. I still love HP I won't buy anything anymore till she's in a tomb

  • thekitchenchikens

    In europe terfs are usually on the left, there s transphobes on the right of course but they are not feminists. If we are being completely honest here her books are kind of racist and overall problematic.

  • That One Person
    That One Person

    I literally only got into Harry Potter an couple months ago, (mostly because people I know kept recommending it to me because it was a staple of their childhoods) and I bought all the books and now hearing about all this stuff, I wish I didn’t help support. I should have just got them second hand 😔

    • SaveMeMoon

      It's not as though you should feel bad when you didn't know and just bought the books! Some of us have been supporting her our entire lives and now wish we hadn't, but non of us could know what she was like until she dropped the evidence on our heads. You own the books now, so make the best of them even if the author is a total git! =)

  • Jaz Barraza
    Jaz Barraza

    Nice perspective!!! It's very difficult to let HP go for people, they put the movies on TV dozens times, they put as a Twitter trending celebrating Harry's birthday, the Hogwarts Batlte, every important date on HP universe, then we have the Fantastic Beasts movies, the theme parks, at this point the world is not ready to move on with HP and JKR will make sure of it for good or for worse...Until some story, universe, whatever comes to finally beat HP

  • Gabby Alvarez
    Gabby Alvarez

    Harry Potter has been an integral part of my life and I would never give it up regardless of my opposing views with the author. However, moving forward I will regard JK Rowling through a critical lens- as I think everyone should be regarded (like the way we read about the old poets and writers that did sketchy stuff but are still considered literary geniuses). I acknowledge Jk Rowlings faults (the ignorant views on trans people) and her merits (such as her contribution to charitable foundations, Lumos, Harry Potter and the strides HP has done for children's literature and fantasy in general- getting kids to read ect.) I think what she's done will definitely be a stain on her reputation, but I don't believe in ignoring the good she has done, or pretending that she doesn't exist. Like I said we should all acknowledge what she's done wrong, not ignoring that problem.

  • V Oliver Rutherfurd
    V Oliver Rutherfurd

    That’s okay. I always thought Harry Potter was all style and no substance.

  • El Titiritero
    El Titiritero

    I dont think we have to do anything JK is destroying herself everytime she tweets. I loved Harry Potter. I didnt find any transphobic remark on them so iam ok with it but i am not looking foward for another fantastic beast movie or anything else from her. She doesnt have a future. She will be always the Harry Potter author and we have to live with that

    • SaveMeMoon

      Yeah, but as a fandom we also need to show her that we don't think what she's preaching is ok. We can't keep giving her our money if we think what she's doing is wrong.

  • Rob Buelens
    Rob Buelens

    A secret world parallel to ours, filled with people who have so much disdain for us that even when inhabitants have a hobbyistic facination with us are seen as weird for it. Almost everyone in this world has a natural talent that they mostly get from their family lineage, people who are not fully "ethnicly pure" often have no talent or are very stunted in their ability. There are two factions in this world, the 'genocidal racists', and the group that wants to keep this world secret and largly segregated. Even though they have medicine that could save millions of normal people each year. The bank in this world hoards the vast wealth of old families that always have high positions in the government, the humanoids who work here look like old depictions of Jews on Nazi propaganda posters. There is a prison in this world used mainly to psychologically torture inmates until they die of natural causes. People are kept in line by the public knowledge that this place with a mission to violate human rights is kept open. There has been a race war about a decade ago, so some genocidal racists are in this prison, but most got total amnesty and kept their jobs, titles and wealth. During one of their raids the leader of the racists nearly got killed by a pureblood infant, this infant shows great talent in his teenage years. This is expected by his peers because his parents showed great ability too. He is known as the chosen one. He goes to a school where students are socially devided between four houses on the basis of family lineage during an ancient ritual, no personal choice, merit or accomplishment can rescind this decision. Plus there is a race of humanoids who naturally enjoy being enslaved... Wooow I did not see bigotry coming, from an author who came up with all this...

  • IHug Kittens
    IHug Kittens

    Just paused the video to say that I am one of those "I don't care" people, who seperate art from artist, still I intend to thoroughly enjoy your incredibly adorable rant. Ok, pressing play now.

    • SaveMeMoon

      As long as you understand that her main point in this video is that is you claim death of the author and disagree with their views but then still consume and financially support their art you are part of the problem; you're all good!

  • Sapient Pearwood
    Sapient Pearwood

    This works just as well as an argument for pirating books, which might be a more viable moral answer here than boycott. I do not want to financially support bigots like Scott Card or Rowling. But at the same time, speaker for the dead is an important part of my childhood too, and I have a vested interest in shielding that emotional touchstone from the horribleness of it's author. If speaker for the dead had a bigoted message then I would need to let it go, but it doesn't. It truly has a message that advocates for empathy, and acceptance for the "other". That is an important message to me, and is a touchstone for my own empathy. The fact that it was said by a horrible bigot is mostly just ironic.

  • Juliana Atteberry
    Juliana Atteberry

    You didn't mention that if we still choose to support HP then we are also still supporting the wonderful people that helped make the movies, like Emma Watson, that are actively making the world a better place,. What JK has said is hard to swallow, to put it a little too lightly, but the good that has come of her work before we were all aware of her views has brought such good into the world that that should not be dismissed.

    • SaveMeMoon

      The film series finished up a decade ago, supporting them now will support no one but Rowling and maybe some other bigshots in the industry. All the main actors (Emma, Daniel, Rupert) have distanced themselves form Rowling since all of this cane to light and they would probably not want you to continue supporting her on their behalf. Remembering how hard people worked on these films, plays, etc is a good thing but financially supporting them if you firmly stand against Rowling's views makes you part of the problem.

    • ramywiles

      I would argue that engaging with Harry Potter doesn't really elevate Emma Watson's platform any more than it already has -- her involvement with the series has been finished for almost a decade. Rowling's involvement, though, is ongoing.

  • Diego Rodriguez
    Diego Rodriguez

    in the harry potter fandom death of the author means they wish the author was actually fucking dead

  • adrian velante
    adrian velante

    This is why I like Tim Hunter more than Harry Potter.

  • Ramon Gomide
    Ramon Gomide

    i like the hot-takey tone every now and then

  • Saff Michael
    Saff Michael

    Lindsay, love the topic and your thoughts and had nothing to add so I thought I would just mention to slide your ring light 6 inches to right so we are not blinded by its reflection :)

  • Everything Music
    Everything Music

    Honestly I never payed attention to JKR all that much. I was more invested into the books and films as a kid. I mean I already own them and this was way before her Twitter fiasco. I can completely understand if someone wanted to get rid of their copies and I can also understand not wanting to support future products of Rowling’s. I stopped supporting her work after Deathly Hallows pt2 because I simply lost interest. Just how my love for Star Wars died long before Disney took over 🤷🏻‍♂️.

  • attlue

    Most people use their wealth and power to influence others, especially the young. How are J.K. Rowlings tweets insidious? What about Fast / Junk Food Ads? Can they be seen as insidious? Is Rock'n'Roll / Video Games insidious because of its wealth and power and influence? Does watching "The Fast and the Furious" franchise promote illegal racing? Does anyone who agrees with J.Ks tweets and enjoys the rest result in them being bad people? Does anyone care about the lived experiences of minority groups that believe in 'Earth is Flat' and /or 'Fake Moon Landings' etc?

  • Jessica Channing
    Jessica Channing

    I love most of your stuff. But I don’t agree with you here. Everyone has a right to their own opinion, including famous people. Leftist ideology is offensive to many people. But that doesn’t make them stay away from films and such. Just like I don’t like your opinion on this matter, but I still appreciate your intelligence and your subject matter.

    • Paul Elkin
      Paul Elkin

      First, no one is claiming famous people should be imprisoned for transphobic statements. Second, a lot of the people offended by basic human decency do in fact stay away from "films and such," that don't pander to them.

  • Tymbus

    I am amazed that anyone thought Harry Potter books were in anyway progressive. They always struck me as fantasies based on the British class system, particularly their boarding school setting and their chat about bloodlines. They were a disaster for Children's literature

  • Anyone or Anything. Whatever
    Anyone or Anything. Whatever

    A hot take for a hot summer. Perfect for 2020. Much love

  • Arachne

    I have to say. I’ve never liked Harry Potter. Fuck Harry Potter. Fuck JK Rowling

  • Jeffix

    Nice different perspective. Love your stuff! I'm indifferent on the whole thing, but you're very interesting.

  • Lew Archer 1949
    Lew Archer 1949

    I’m about 15 yearstoo old to really get into the HP franchise, but I am familiar with the books and movies. But even if I was a die hard Potter phile who would be genuinely conflicted by Rowling’s TERFy stance, the utter shittiness of that last Fabulous Beasts thing made up my mind for me.

  • Pearl Ahern
    Pearl Ahern

    Thank you. Love, A trans woman

  • angela jang
    angela jang

    I have decided to read harry potter whenever I want and not talk about it to anyone or be a part of the harry potter community like I used to.

  • tvoja mama
    tvoja mama

    Giuseppe Stromboli

  • Andy English
    Andy English

    I propose a new acronym. Trans-Women Exclusionary Repugnant Person. Yes I realize this spells TWERP but I assure you it's a coincidence.

    • Paul Elkin
      Paul Elkin

      I've always preferred Feminism Appropriating Radical Transphobe.

  • Christopher G
    Christopher G

    I don’t understand how TERF is not a slur

    • Peter Korman
      Peter Korman

      It's literally just an acronym for what they are, Christopher.

    • Allen N.
      Allen N.

      Is it that hard to comprehend? TERFs aren't oppressed lmao. The N slur and the F slur have been used against marginalized groups and have a history associated with oppression. Name-calling isn't using slurs, bud. Especially since TERF *is* the appropriate word to name-call with :)

  • Michael Nichols
    Michael Nichols

    I don't like that mechanics are generally scam artists, but I pay then to fix my car anyways. I doubt I'd ever want to become close to my favorite living artists or know their personal lives or viewpoints, but I buy their material. Maybe I'm crazy, but the exchange of money for a product isn't a moral ethical dilemma for me. People suck! Still need what they have to offer. They still have to make a living. If their product is so useful/compelling that they gain a platform and say something one disagrees with, so be it. Doesn't detract from the product they produce and/or cause me to feel guilty for buying it. Now donating to them for a specific purpose/cause... All the same, if it bothers people and they need to boycott, I get it.

  • Aze

    Working in a library, i just cringe every time i see HP materials circulating. I try to comfort myself with "at least they're not buying the books/movies themselves and financially supporting her" but it's still spreading the influence of the series, so i still end up being depressed about it.

  • Issa G.
    Issa G.

    I love you saying Joanne. I feel like it takes away some of her power and makes her more human (and thus accountable). Plus there's a dismissive, almost condescending tone when you say it that is amusing. I've held on to a lot of books, often with the justification of "so the kids can read them when they're older" but HP is one series that I'm looking forward to getting rid of. There are better books and better series out there.

    • Anonymous Name
      Anonymous Name

      SP Potterstark Percy Jackson and the Heroes of Olympus series are much better than anything Joanne can write.

    • Lara A
      Lara A

      @SP Potterstark I've heard Percy Jackson's pretty great and the author sounds like a pretty cool dude who'd just want to add representation because he can. But of course with that tone any representation to you is forced and ruins the story

    • SP Potterstark
      SP Potterstark

      Yeah like the repetitive percy Jackson books with its afterthought representation that woke people and critics are fond of

  • Peter Korman
    Peter Korman

    Remember that time JK Rowling sent her lawyers after a news publication for children that simply reported an unflattering news story about her, forced them to apologize for things they literally did not say, and she completely got away with it?

    • Liam Flaherty
      Liam Flaherty

      @SP Potterstark The article didn't directly compare her to Nazis; it moved on from the topical event (Rowling) to ask a question about whether people can enjoy art created by people they disagree with, at which point it used more extreme examples (Picasso and Wagner). Now I get that someone might be offended by being in the same article as them, but when you claim to actively champion free speech it does make it slightly sickening that you then sure a children's publication that was trying to get kids to think in a way that they aren't typically encouraged to. Reading the article I actually thought even kids would have a pretty easy time differentiating Rowling from those two, and in fact it didn't at any point offer a value judgement on Rowling's tweets, simply a dispassionate report of what they were and how other people reacted. It is slightly concerning that reporting the news and encouraging critical thinking is now 'libelous'.

    • SP Potterstark
      SP Potterstark

      @Peter Korman Very balanced Far from it They compared her to nazi and stuff like that Just like that nicola lady who said Rowling is unsafe around kids Yet Rowling has kids of her own and she has NOT posed a danger to them . And dont say parents dont harm kids , they can Media just like headlines and don't care for much else They deserve to face repercussions for their part in spreading libelous statements

    • Peter Korman
      Peter Korman

      Sentient Blob: it’s almost like when rich people complain about “cancel culture,” they’re actually complaining about the pushback they get on their opinions and how unusual that is for them.

    • Sentient Blob
      Sentient Blob

      Canceling in its purest form

    • Peter Korman
      Peter Korman

      @Katie Bayliss Yes. A publication called The Day, which reports news for kids, gave a shockingly balanced overview of the whole JKR situation, which you can read here: They were forced to apologize for things they literally did not do, like apparently calling for a boycott, calling her unpleasant and saying her language was harmful. Even if they were to fight that in court, the cost would put them out of business, so they had no choice but to apologize for things that literally weren't written. Joanne clearly did this to send a message.

  • Chloe Caley
    Chloe Caley

    I'd love if you did a series (because I feel like one video would be like, 2 hours long) or something about Tolkien! I also feel like if you've got HP, books or films, then you shouldn't feel bad about it, especially as lots of people can't read it without just imagining the cast, who have openly denounced Rowling. That's how I'm choosing to view this whole crazy mess!

  • Miles Nicolas
    Miles Nicolas

    perfect example of a youtuber who has stayed consistant, improved, and stayed amazing.

  • thepositivelynegativ

    death of the author is a principle you could use to infer meaning from an artist's work that is "not the intended meaning". at this point it's an overabused phrase. we're talking about wether you can separate the art from the artist or if by consuming said art you are enabling harm done by the artist. That's cancel culture and it's a separate conversation that has little to do with DOTA...

  • Thali Venom
    Thali Venom

    but there wasnt any trans in HP? so.. how does this even apply?

  • Aric Montgomery
    Aric Montgomery

    Yikes those dislikes

  • Be L
    Be L

    Another interesting question is, in what situation would someone "need" to read from an author that they'd rather not support? I read all the Harry Potter books after it became apparent that nearly all pop culture references were infused with nods to Harry Potter. I felt that by not reading the books, I was missing some part of understanding the younger generation. Same with Ender's Game--I read it b/c everyone who talks about science fiction talks about Ender's Game, even as I already knew his gross ideas. Are these justifiable reasons to seek out a work? You're not trying to support the author, but trying to understand what the conversation and common references are about. As an aside, I don't see how death of the author is possible, anymore than death of the [product]. The same moral questions come up: what do we do when we find out that almond farms in California are depleting scarce water resources? That Nike turns a blind eye to manufacturers that commit flagrant human rights abuses? and so on. At some point everyone ends up picking the issues that matter to them, and turn a blind eye when it's products that they really want.

  • KazDragon

    Should probably be thankful that Frank Herbert isn't on Twitter either.

  • Pyotr Growpotkin
    Pyotr Growpotkin

    I can separate the art from the artist with Charlie Manson, but Rowling, naw.

  • ujustgotpwned2008

    I'm from the UK and I'm not sure "shameless TERF-ery" is much more normalised here... what's your source on that?

    • James Shipp
      James Shipp

      ujustgotpwned2008 i think it’s just about how in the media both left and right and in “feminist” organisations its more common to see here than even in the US

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