Mulholland Books: Drop Bigot J K Rowling

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J K Rowling is publishing a book about a man who dresses as a woman to kill women, called Troubled Blood, on 9/15/2020. Rowling hates trans people, and sees them as predators, even though trans people, especially trans people of color, are frequently murdered for being trans. She has defended a woman who was fired for violating the dignity of trans people. She has portrayed trans people as predators in her novels. She has stated her belief that trans people are predators using "transgender" to elude justice. 

Now she has decided that being a public nuisance on twitter is not enough. She is using books as a platform for her hateful rhetoric with the publishing company Mulholland Books under the pen name Robert Galbraith. 

Mulholland Book's parent company, Hatchette Book Group, says they are "committed to diversity." Words are cheap. Mulholland Publishing should sever business relations with J K Rowling, and prove it. 

Some people might protest that dropping J K Rowling's would violate the First Amendment. But as anyone who has  read the law knows, the First Amendment protects you from the government, not from the consequences of your actions, and not from Mulholland Books.

Plenty of publishing companies have dropped authors because of their actions. Penguin Random House dropped the author of Maze Runner after he was accused of sexual harassment. Dutton dropped author and former prosecutor Linda Fairstein because she was a cog in the racist criminal justice system, and prosecuted five innocent black and brown teenagers for the rape of a white woman in 1989. Hatchette themselves dropped Woody Allen's book, for obvious reasons.

J K Rowling isn't even a Voldemort. She's more of a Peter Pettigrew: desperately trying to bolster her ego and find community by throwing in her lot with a group of hateful monsters. Now that the cat is out of the bag, "Robert Galbraith" and Troubled Blood will become a millstone around Mullholland Book's neck. It is in the best interests of their company, and in the best interest of society, for them to stop working with her.