Where Lives and Souls are Traded
Following on from my comments on JK Rowling in which I posited an unwholesome connection between the occult worlds of Potter, Twitter and trans-people, I note this issue of how to define a trans-woman continues to entice necromantics to enter the Twitter portal to that dark kingdom. And so, a certain Gillian Philip, an author of children’s books, ‘bravely’ twitted a support for multi-millionairess JK’s stance on trans people (surely hoping for a little JK love coming her way…and some extra sales), only to find that she had entered shadowland. Witchy powers swiftly whirled around her publisher and she found herself just as swiftly sacked. Any doubts about trans issues makes you a hater, you see; say those doubts out loud, makes you unemployed! Any hoodoo protection Gillian was hoping to get from JK, playing the good witch Glenda in this story, alas never arrived. Still, lots of attention as both persecutor and victim in that nether reality– such validation is like oxygen to a woman.
This particular incident, surely one of many connected to JK’s original trans comments, reinforces, I believe, the occult aspect I referred to in my original post. This world really presents as an alternative reality; a darker, manic, trickster version of our living world. One which doesn’t physically exist as such, but still has the sorcery power to drive people mad and result in actual job loss. This point leads me back to my original article and its concern for the effect of the occult world on JK’s young readers.
Unlike, say, Enid Blyton, whose social opinions were invisible and irrelevant to her readers, JK’s are highly visible. Intentionally so! And many of her fans are inevitably fated to become followers of her pronouncements and thusly led into her digital world of opinion, conflict and abuse – and doing so while still children. Here they will find in real form all the dark arts described in JK’s novels; pontificating, real hatreds, secret enemies, implacable opinions and plots to destroy lives. This doesn’t have to be sought out, it is part and parcel of her life as a sorceress-author. And, by extension, the lives of her young fans who follow this.
It is my contention that this association of JK’s young fans and the social media world is not appropriate, far less uplifting. These crazy disputes, in addition to all the other junk content of Twitter and the like, provide a damaging template of how adults conduct themselves. Who would want their child being exposed to this?
JK, of course, did not invent social media and is entitled to her opinions, but I wonder if she has overlooked the responsibility that should come with being an author of children’s books. This should have entailed maintaining a certain distance between this problematic digital world and her young readers. There are ways she could have done this.
She chose not to. And I wonder, then, if in that mystery realm where lives and souls are traded, this was the deal she made. What think ye?