‘We Did Not Meet Their Demands to be Re-educated to Their Point of View’

Four writers quit Rowling’s agent

A handful of writers with far less success or acclaim than JK Rowling have quit her literary agency, the Blair Partnership, after the firm refused demands to to undergo re-education by the transgender lobby.

Trans authors Ugla Stefanía Kristjönudóttir Jónsdóttir, also known as Owl Fisher, Fox Fisher, and queer writer Drew Davies joined one anonymous author in breaking with Blair Partnership.

“We reached out to the agency with an invitation to reaffirm their stance to transgender rights and equality,” they said in a joint statement.

Translation: they demanded the publisher dance to their tune because they are unable to make Rowling do so.

“After our talks” with Blair Partnership, “we felt that they were unable to commit to any action that we thought was appropriate and meaningful,” the authors write.

Translation: We threatened to hold our breath until our faces turned blue and they still said no. The nerve!

“Freedom of speech can only be upheld if the structural inequalities that hinder equal opportunities for underrepresented groups are challenged and changed,” they add.

Translation: How dare you get us these posh publishing contracts? We feel so marginalized!

As one would expect, the authors use most of their words validating everyone’s identity.

“As LGBTQIA writers ourselves we feel strongly about having an agency that supports our rights at all avenues, and does not endorse views that go against our values and principles,” the screed continues.

Translation: we are intolerant of anything less than 110 percent agreement with our program and we demand you silence anyone who disagrees with us about anything.

Notably, Blair Partnership has never “endorsed” Rowling’s views. Rather, they have simply respected the actual meaning of “diversity” by ignoring calls to cancel her.

As is proper for a publishing house in a democracy, Blair Partnership refused to erode the “fundamental freedom” of authors, as they said in a statement of their own.

We are disappointed by the decision that four clients have taken to part ways with the agency. To reiterate, we believe in freedom of speech for all; these clients have decided to leave because we did not meet their demands to be re-educated to their point of view. We respect their right to pursue what they feel is the correct course of action.

When British lawyer and agent Neil Blair formed the company in 2011, his longtime client JK Rowling came along as the core product.

Knowing that, surely these writers never really thought they could force out the company’s biggest client.

“We don’t want to be associated with an agency that doesn’t value the same things that we do,” Jónsdóttir told the Guardian.

The dissident authors will now search the world in vain for an agent who agrees with every single thing their authors ever say. Failing to find one, they will settle for an agent whose authors all agree with them. Diversity!

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Former progressive activist declared heretic by his former movement for refusing to believe that "woman" is a costume or a feeling and recognizing male pattern behavior as male even when it wears lipstick and high heels. Just because you hate something I say does not make it hate speech.
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