Harry Potter author JK Rowling has written an open letter co-signed by 150 others criticizing the cancel culture.
It is sort of a sign when liberal artists start to see that the cancel culture is coming for them too.
“Our cultural institutions are facing a moment of trial. Powerful protests for racial and social justice are leading to overdue demands for police reform, along with wider calls for greater equality and inclusion across our society, not least in higher education, journalism, philanthropy, and the arts. But this needed reckoning has also intensified a new set of moral attitudes and political commitments that tend to weaken our norms of open debate and toleration of differences in favor of ideological conformity. As we applaud the first development, we also raise our voices against the second. ”
In a touch of irony, the letter criticizes the right for its hand in illiberal thought and cancel culture. Although that was probably done to appease the left reading it. Despite conservative speakers being banned from presenting at universities or the plethora of radical left activists pulling down statues, demanding the name of pancake syrup be changed, renaming skin creams, removing cinematic art and defunding the police, somehow the right has been the problem.
Although the letter comes to an uncomfortable acceptance that the left is the bigger problem as these artists can now see it is their own that is baying for their blood and the right actually defending their free speech. Better late than never.
Still we await the cancel culture coming after the 150 co-signatories anyway.