First they came for science fiction and fantasy, trying to grab the genre from the evil, white, cisheteronormativepatriarchysomethingorother authors who have apparently been forever oppressing the poor minorities and those who gender identify as toasters. I said nothing, because… oh hell, whom am I kidding? I went off on the Social Justice Howler Monkeys for their stridency, prejudice, and utter cluelessness about how the world works.
Then they came for the sombrero, and I said nothing. OK, I said something. I called the pasty, white British douche pickle whitesplaining the cultural appropriation of the sombrero a douche pickle whitesplaining why he’s offended on behalf of the Mexicans.
They came for the cornrows, the Halloween costumes, and food, and I laughed them off, because the stupid was beginning to burn – not in a gonorrhea sort of way, but in a smelly, pathetic desperation sort of way.
But now, they’ve gone too far. The Social Justice Howler Monkeys have crossed the line, and they need to be stopped – with broomsticks and “expelliarmus” spells, if necessary. The Social Justice Howler Monkeys are attacking J.K. Rowling after she wrote about the “history of magic in North America.”
One critic, Brown University researcher Adrienne Keene, pointed out that the term “Native American” encompasses many different cultures.
“One of the largest fights in the world of representations is to recognize Native peoples and communities and cultures are diverse, complex, and vastly different from one another,” Keene wrote on her blog Native Appropriations. “There is no such thing as one ‘Native American’ anything. Even in a fictional wizarding world.”
On Twitter, Johnnie Jae, the Otoe-Missouria and Choctaw founder of the radio show A Tribe Called Geek, accused Rowling of cultural appropriation.
“When we say that non-native writers, filmmakers, artists are not entitled to our history, identities, culture & imagery we mean just that,” Jae wrote. “We’re saying there is a problem with non-natives who take without permission, without understanding and without respect for native people.”
A couple of observations here to turn the tables around a bit.
One – it’s a fucking fairy tale, you smirking, snotty, supercilious shit wits! It’s not a documentary! To claim “there’s no such thing as… even in a fictional wizarding world,” is to show complete ignorance of the actual definition of fiction! It’s also appropriation of said world. The wizarding world does not belong to Keene or Jae. It was created by the brilliant mind of J.K. Rowling. They have no authority to speak about what does or does not exist there.
Two – it’s ironic that the entitled social justice whiners are bitching about entitlement! Note that nothing has been “taken” from this sniffly little Johnnie Jae creep. Someone wrote a fiction story, and it was a wild success, so she’s trying hard to appropriate it as her own, as if something was stolen from her personally. Because creating a world as intricate and beautiful as what Rowling has created requires effort, and this nippy twat simply wants a piece. No one owns culture! No one owns history! And certainly no one is owed respect without earning it! Rowling’s fiction about Native American wizards does not in any way take away anything from Native Americans. If anything, I would submit that her drawing attention to Native Americans in her fictional works would get more people interested in finding out more about their actual culture!
Three – the way I see it, these Howler Monkeys are trying to lay claim to something that does not belong to them. They didn’t create the culture. They didn’t create the art or the mythology of native people in those days. They’re simply cashing in on the attention and struggles of those who came before them, and physically claiming the history and culture of these people as their own, as if history and culture are physical assets. If you ask them what they, personally, lose when J.K. Rowling writes a story about Native Americans hundreds of years ago, they will twist and ramble to come up with an answer.
And finally – this is a woman who has included struggles for equality for all creatures in her stories. She has taken on bigotry and prejudice. She has brought those issues to children in beautiful ways that they can understand without using the insulting, preachy message fiction we normally see from the Howler Monkey set! To accuse her of exploitation, ignorance, and the promotion of colonialism is beyond ignorant!
— Kathryn NicDhàna (@nicdhana) March 8, 2016
To date Ms. Rowling hasn’t answered the screeching shrews on Twitter, and they’re more than soiling themselves.
— Dr. Adrienne Keene (@NativeApprops) March 8, 2016
How ominous… how self important… how arrogant!
Guess what, Cupcake! I’m betting she has better things to do than engage with shrieking shrews to defend her work. Her readers and her success have spoken for her.
Here’s hoping she continues writing terrific stories and relegates Keene, Jae, and other harpies to the dust bin where they belong.