Today in gay furor, a band of militant fans of J.K. Rowling’s “Harry Potter” series are in an uproar on Twitter after the author’s confirmation that Sirius Black, a primary character in the books and films, is not gay.
Social justice crusaders started the hashtag, “#JKRowlingIsOverParty,” after the author revealed in a Q&A session that the character is surely not gay, despite fan theories to the contrary.
Twitter user Elisa (@kingwallywest) writes in a Tweet that I’ll sum up, because it’s written in broken English: “J.K. Rowling says she supports LGBT, which is great. But would it kill her to make a character LGBT and actually acknowledge that in her books?”
Rob Noon, another peeved reader and fan, writes, “Remember that time when J.K. Rowling represented & supported our community and made LGBT+ youth everywhere feel empowered? Me neither.”
Let it be noted that the same Twitter community has largely remained silent, for example, about the new testimony in Mayer Herskovic’s gang assault trial for the beating of a gay black man by a group of Hasidic Jews in Brooklyn. But, back to the sexual identity of fictional, non-LGBT wizards.
Rowling may be under fire, but lest we remind readers that the series’ most seminal character, after our hero Harry, of course, is Headmaster Albus Dumbledore, a character that Rowling declared as gay after the release of the series’ Deathly Hallows chapter. It’s fair to say that J.K. Rowling is, in fact, far from “over.”
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