J.K. Rowling has signed an open letter calling for the end of cancel culture
The open letter will be published in the October issue of Harper's Magazine.
An open letter by Harper's Magazine signed by world famous authors and academics is stirring up a debate online. The letter, which will be published in the October issue of Harpers magazine, aims to end cancel culture and expresses concern over the 'illiberal trend intensified by our national reckoning'.
The letter highlights the need for open debate and acknowledges the recent protests for racial and social justice. The letter explores the new 'moral attitudes' coming to the fore and argues that the free exchange of information and ideas is the lifeblood of a liberal society. It goes on to highlight that some writers, editors and journalists are now facing 'swift and severe' retribution for stepping outside the box.
150 people including famed author Margaret Atwood and celebrated novelist Salman Rushdie have so far signed the letter:
A statement signed by 150 people incl. Bill T. Jones, Wynton Marsalis, Jennifer Finney Boylan, Noam Chomsky, J.K. Rowling, Margaret Atwood, and Salman Rushdie expresses concern over the illiberal trend intensified by our national reckoning.https://t.co/4zPjuPNXBu
— Harper's Magazine (@Harpers) July 7, 2020
Harry Potter author JK Rowling's name is also on the list and she explained her reasons for signing the letter via twitter:
I was very proud to sign this letter in defence of a foundational principle of a liberal society: open debate and freedom of thought and speech.https://t.co/noh8VRHMyN
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) July 7, 2020
In June, Rowling came under fire for her beliefs and comments regarding the trans community.
You can read the full open letter here.