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Barnes & Noble employees have a dig at JK Rowling with an exhibit of ‘unproblematic wizard books’

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New York’s Barnes & Noble threw Twitter in a tizzy over a snarky display for ‘Unproblematic Wizarding World’ books in an apparent blow to JK Rowling as the Harry Potter author continues to receive criticism for her comments about the trans community.

The bookstore, located in Union Square, set up the exhibit in early November, poking Rowling, 56, who last year outraged the trans community after she mocked an online article that used the words “people who menstruate” instead of “women.” . ‘.

The exhibit in one of the few bookstores left in town shows the works of Ursula Le Guin, Brandon Sanderson, Deborah Harkness and others who have written about magic and witchcraft, but are more obscure compared to Rowling.

The Twitter storm comes as Rowling on Monday reprimanded three trans activists for trying to ‘intimidate’ her after protesting outside her home in Scotland before posting a photo of her address on social media.

A customer at a Barnes and Noble in Union Square, New York City, posted a photo of a bookstore display titled “The Unproblematic Wizarding Word”

The display has been in NYC bookstores since early November

The display has been in NYC bookstores since early November

The display was a jab at JK Rowling, who has been embroiled in controversy in recent years over comments she made to the trans community

The display was a jab at JK Rowling, who has been embroiled in controversy in recent years over comments she made to the trans community

The display promoted books alongside Rowling's beloved Harry Potter series, which included eight books that captivated the world

The display promoted books alongside Rowling’s beloved Harry Potter series, which included eight books that captivated the world

A Twitter user, Julie Bindel, lashed out at Barnes and Noble and stood next to Rowling, writing that the bookshop only staged the display as a stunt because “the books that pay their salaries have plummeted.”

Another Twitter user with the handle “life neurotic with steve’s issues” condemned the move to Rowling, saying in the grand scheme of things, “adversaries will be long forgotten, remembered only as another bizarre episode of moral panic.”

“In centuries, Rowling and Atwood will still be seen as two of our greatest writers who will live on in their work, while the world remains grateful for their contributions,” they wrote.

A Twitter user with the handle “The Collector” gave the Barnes and Noble the benefit of the doubt, believing the display was just a joke.

“Hopefully it’s just ironic? I’d like to believe there’s still a place for humor in this world,” they wrote.

Reactions to the book launch ranged from outrage to humorous on Twitter

Reactions to the book launch ranged from outrage to humorous on Twitter

The Barnes and Noble in Union Square confirmed they had the display but said they could not comment on it, directing all questions to company headquarters.

Barnes and Noble did not immediately respond to the DailyMail.com’s request for comment.

Rowling was accused of transphobia after she pushed back the online article in June 2020. She later defended herself against the claims in an impassioned essay, but was still criticized.

Rowling is a notable absentee from Harry Potter’s upcoming 20th anniversary reunion in light of her views.

In the final chapter of the saga, three activists posed in front of Rowling’s Edinburgh home last Friday while holding pro-trans signs.

The author’s address was clearly visible in the background of a photo of the activists, which was widely shared on Twitter.

Rowling attacked the trio, accusing them of “doxxing” her and intimidating her for “standing up for women’s sex-based rights.”

She identified the protesters as Holly Stars, Georgia Frost and Richard Energy.

She also revealed that she’s received so many death threats about the trans row that she could “put the house down on paper.”

Three activists stood outside JK Rowling's Edinburgh home last Friday

Three activists stood outside JK Rowling’s Edinburgh home last Friday

Rowling (pictured in 2019) defended herself against three transprotesters taking photos outside her Edinburgh home

Rowling (pictured in 2019) defended herself against three transprotesters taking photos outside her Edinburgh home

Rowling accused the activists of 'doxxing' her by showing where she lived

Rowling accused the activists of ‘doxxing’ her by showing where she lived

The UK government has criticized JK Rowling’s targeting by trans activists. The Prime Minister’s official spokesman said: “I don’t think anyone should be targeted in that way.

“We believe that everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect and that people can express their views as long as it is done that way.”

Holly Stars later posted a statement on social media saying they deleted the photo after being inundated with abuse. Stars is a popular drag queen with her own Amazon Prime series. She is also a stand-up comedian, comedy writer, cabaret presenter and is regarded as one of the UK’s hottest drag talents.

She is the writer and star of the West End show Death Drop, which is currently embarking on its first UK tour and also produces and presents a monthly Soho cabaret.

Richard Energy, one of the other activists, is a drag king and comedian who performs all over London. He has appeared in several competitions and is considered a growing star in the scene. Georgia Frost, the third activist, is an actress who has appeared in BBC productions including Casualty and sitcom The Other One.

All three activists have now deleted their Twitter accounts in light of the spat.

Addressing the activists, Rowling tweeted today: ‘Last Friday my family’s address was posted on Twitter by three activist actors who took pictures of themselves in front of our home and carefully positioned themselves to ensure our address was visible.

The three trans activists who protested outside JK Rowling’s home and shared her address online

Holly Stars, Georgia Frost and Richard Energy were the three activists who showed up in front of JK Rowling’s home before sharing her address.

Stars is a popular drag queen with her own Amazon Prime series. She is also a stand-up comedian, comedy writer, cabaret presenter and is regarded as one of the UK’s hottest drag talents.

Stars is the writer and star of the West End show Death Drop, which is currently embarking on its first UK tour and also produces and presents a monthly Soho cabaret.

She grew up in Crewe, where she attended St Thomas More Catholic High School ‘near the end of the AIDS crisis’.

Stars now balances her time by living in Chelsea and Paris.

She said London is a “more tolerant” place than Crewe, but added that “there is still a lot of work to be done” in the capital.

Janina Smith, who acts as Richard Energy, is one of the other activists.

Energy is a drag king and comedian who performs all over London.

The artist has appeared in several competitions and is considered a growing star in the scene.

Georgia Frost, the third activist, is an actress who has appeared in BBC productions including Casualty and sitcom The Other One.

“I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who reported the image to @TwitterSupport. Your kindness and decency have made all the difference to my family and me. I would also like to thank @PoliceScotland for their support and assistance in this matter

In recent years I have watched in shock as women like Allison Bailey, Raquel Sanchez, Marion Miller, Rosie Duffield, Joanna Cherry, Julie Bindel, Rosa Freedman, Kathleen Stock and many, many others, including women who do not have a public profile, but who contact with me to share their experiences have been the subject of intimidation campaigns that range from being chased on social media, attacking their employers, to doxing and direct threats of violence, including rape.

“None of these women are protected as I am. They and their families have been brought into a state of fear and distress for no other reason than that they refuse to accept uncritically that the socio-political concept of gender identity should replace that of sex.

“I have to assume @IAmGeorgiaFrost, @hollywstars and @Richard_Energy_ thought doxxing me would intimidate me into not standing up for women’s gender-based rights.

“They should have thought about the fact that I’ve now received so many death threats that I could write off the house with them, and I haven’t stopped speaking. Perhaps – and I’ll just throw this out – the best way to prove that your movement poses no threat to women is to stop stalking, harassing and threatening us.”

In response, Holly Stars wrote: ‘Yesterday we posted a photo we took at JK Rowling’s house.

“While sticking with the photo, we’ve received an overwhelming amount of serious and threatening transphobic messages since it was posted, so we’ve decided to remove the photo. #transrightsarehumanrights. Love for our trans siblings.”

The message was signed ‘G, Richard, Holly’.

SNP MP Joanna Cherry, one of the women mentioned by Rowling, defended the author today.

She wrote: ‘#IStandWithJKRowling & like her I will never give in to the lies, intimidation, threats and intimidation of those who try to silence our voices and I will continue to champion the sex based rights of women and lesbians. ‘

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