J.K. Rowling Writes Innacurate Native American History Into Her New Story, Gets Her Wig Snatched
Mega-popular author J.K. Rowling stepped in it earlier this week while doing some writing-related promotion for the release of her new movie, Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them.
Rowling used the Pottermore website to release the first in a four-part series of short stories about the history of magic in North America, conveniently titled “A History of Magic in North America.” New short stories from J.K. Rowling sounds great, but many fans bristled at her inclusion of skinwalkers, an actual Native American myth that Rowling seems to have co-opted and turned into something called Animagi. The Guardian reports:
Responding to a question on Twitter, Rowling said that “in my wizarding world, there were no skinwalkers”, with the legend created by those without magic “to demonise wizards”.
But campaigner Dr Adrienne Keene told Rowling on Twitter that “it’s not ‘your’ world. It’s our (real) Native world. And skinwalker stories have context, roots, and reality … You can’t just claim and take a living tradition of a marginalised people. That’s straight up colonialism/appropriation.”
Damn, Joanne! I hope you have insurance to cover these sick burns.