JK Rowling Appeals After Insulting LGBT: Sirius Black Not Gay But Remus Lupin Have ‘HIV’?
Harry Potter author JK Rowling faced the wrath of the LGBT community on Twitter after she chose to answer FAQs on Harry Potter in a cryptic style and set it as her bio. One of her answers was misunderstood as the character Sirius Black not being gay and soon Rowling was being accused for not representing the community in the book.Advertisement
The hashtag #JKRowlingIsOverParty started trending on Twitter and the author was forced to change the bio and explain to the revolting Potter fans that her answer did not suggest Sirius Black’s sexuality at all, the Mail Online reported.
“Never, ever be flippant in your Twitter bio. No good can come of it,” she wrote in her bio after her cryptic answers type bio created the furore.
Although, Sirius Black’s sexuality was never confirmed in the books, many of the LGBT fans of the franchise believed he was a gay. One of Rowling’s sharp and succinct answers to seven unspecified FAQs, which was briefly set as her bio, appeared to suggest that he was not a gay.
The Pink News reported that the author was accused of being a ‘homophobe’ and declared a ‘traitor to the LGBT cause.’
“jk 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,” a fan tweeted, as quoted by Pink News.
“how hard is it to tweet “sirius black is gay” I mEAN @jk_rowling #JKRowlingIsOverParty,” tweeted another user
There were many who defended the author as well.
“So people are really trippin out over the sexuality of a fictional character? Someone that isn’t even real?” a tweet said.
“Can everyone calm tf down please, but don’t punish an author just because what you want isn’t canon #JKRowlingIsOverParty,” another fan wrote on Twitter.
Meanwhile, JK Rowling released three Harry Potter e-books on September 6 that inform the readers of the fascinating facts about the popular wizards from the Harry Potter books. One such fact stated that Professor Lupin’s condition is a metaphor of an illness that carry a stigma in the muggle world.
“Lupin’s condition of lycanthropy was a metaphor for those illnesses that carry a stigma, like HIV and AIDS,” Rowling wrote, as quoted by Bustle . “All kinds of superstitions seem to surround blood-borne conditions, probably due to taboos surrounding blood itself. The wizarding community is as prone to hysteria and prejudice as the Muggle one, and the character of Lupin gave me a chance to examine those attitudes.”