While JK Rowling remains the billboard for TERFs everywhere, a Barnes & Noble in New York City’s Union Square made it clear that it’s ready to turn the page on the problematic author.
It all started when a Twitter user snapped a photo of a very interesting display in the store. Beneath a sign that read “The Unproblematic Wizarding World” lay stacks of books by various authors, including Ursula Le Guin, Alice Hoffman and Deborah Harkness. Not included: any Harry Potter book anyway. While the author of the tweet appears to endorse the controversial author, captioning the photo “The JK Rowling slander is real in barnes and noble,” many commentators have applauded the bookstore’s decision to subtly take a stance.
Rowling’s supporters agreed with the original sentiment that the display was defamatory of Rowling. However, other Twitter users were quick to explain the various reasons that aren’t true – most notably that the sign was correct.
While the Barnes & Noble store’s intent is in the right place, those on Twitter also pointed out where it might have missed the mark a bit when it comes to the authors included in the “unproblematic” pile – particularly the inclusion of Brandon Sanderson, a devout Mormon who has repeatedly made homophobic comments (about Dumbledore’s coming out in one case) and spoke out against marriage equality.
The Barnes & Noble store verified the photo of the display but declined to comment on it, the British tabloid said The daily mail.
The author’s supporters wrote on Twitter that the Barnes & Noble sign was “slander” and that the Harry Potter author must take legal action against the bookseller. That was shot by other users who said promoting other fantasy authors as “unproblematic” wasn’t illegal.