According to Daily mail, the staff of the Hachette publishing house refuses to work on Rowling’s latest children’s book, Ickabog, because of his comments on the trans community. The internal division reached its climax at a publication meeting, where several staff expressed their reluctance to work on the book.
“Hachette’s children’s department staff have announced that they are no longer ready to work on the book,” said an anonymous source. “They said they were opposed to his comments and wanted to show their support for the trans lobby. According to the source, the staff is relatively young and in their twenties and thirties.
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“It was a handful of employees, and they are entitled to their opinions,” said another anonymous source. “If they were asked to publish a book on domestic violence, and they had survived domestic violence, of course, they would never be forced to work on it. But it’s a fairy tale for children. This is not the end of the world. They will all have conversations with their managers. ”
“We are proud to publish the children’s fairy tale by JK Rowling Ickabog. Freedom of expression is the cornerstone of publishing. We fundamentally believe that everyone has the right to express their own thoughts and beliefs. This is why we never comment on the personal opinions of our authors and we respect the right of our employees to have a different opinion, “the publisher said in a statement.
“We will never make our employees work on a book whose content they find disturbing for personal reasons, but we make a distinction between that and the refusal to work on a book because they do not agree with the point from an author outside their writing, who runs contrary to our belief in freedom of expression. ”
Rowling tweeted his comments on June 7, causing an uproar in LGBT and trans communities, and among their allies. Various Harry potter the stars have statements of support for their trans fans, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint, Katie Leung, Eddie Redmayne and Evanna Lynch. Warner Bros., which distributes Harry potter movies and Universal Parks & Resorts, which hosts The Wizarding World of Harry Potter theme park, also issued statements.
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