Best-selling children’s author Gillian Phillip gets fired – after adding the hashtag ‘I’m with JK Rowling’ to her Twitter handle amid bitter feud over transgender rights
- JK Rowling has become involved in a row of transgender rights in recent weeks
- Children’s author Gillian Phillip tweeted her support for the Harry Potter author
- Ms. Phillip has since been fired for tweeting the phrase #IStandWithJKRowling
A bestselling children’s author has been fired after expressing support for fellow writer JK Rowling in the bitter feud over transgender rights.
In the final example of ‘cancel culture’, novelist Gillian Philip was thrown overboard last week for her role in writing titles for a major publishing house.
It came after the author, who wrote a popular series of books for ages 8 to 12, added the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling to her Twitter handle.
Gillian Phillip (pictured), a best-selling children’s author, was fired after posting a tweet using the hashtag #IStandWithJKRowling, amid the Harry Potter author’s transgender row
Her move caused a deluge of online abuse and emails to her employer Working Partners, a ‘fictional packaging’ company that devises series for publishers and orders authors to write them.
Ms. Philip, 56, had expressed support for the creator of Harry Potter after retweeting an article referring to “menstruating people” and wondering why the story didn’t use the word “women.”
Ms. Rowling has been trolled and accused of being “transphobic.”
Ms. Philip – one of many authors who wrote about popular animal series, including Warrior Cats, Survivors and Bravelands, under the name Erin Hunter – was fired for supporting Ms. Rowling.
Ms. Phillip tweeted her support for Ms. Rowling (pictured) after the popular author retweeted an article referring to “menstruating people” wondering why the story didn’t use the word “women”
After receiving sexual abuse and death threats from the trans lobby, Ms. Philip tweeted ‘Bring it on, homophobes and lesbian-haters’ – which only made the situation worse.
Within 24 hours, James Noble, Editor-in-chief of Working Partners, responded to the barrage of complaints, saying, “The worlds created by Erin Hunter are meant to be inclusive to all readers and we want to let you know that Gillian Philip will no longer are writing Erin Hunter novels. ‘
The decision was condemned last night by Toby Young, founder of the Free Speech Union, who said, “Every day people’s livelihoods are being destroyed and their names are getting muddy for saying something that others disagree with.
“Anyone who questions the position of these activists will be immediately canceled.”
Erin Hunter books are published by HarperCollins, which has also been the target of online protesters.
Ms. Philip has also written as Gabriella Poole for the Darke Academy series and Adam Blade for the Beast Quest books.
In a statement, she said last night, “ I am disappointed that the hard work and professional attitude I have put into my work for HarperCollins and Working Partners counted for nothing in light of an insulting crowd of anonymous Twitter trolls.
Ms Phillip said it was ‘worrying’ that her concerns about women’s rights were presented as ‘transphobia’
“It is worrying that my concern about women’s legal rights and spaces has been presented as ‘transphobia’ and that this accusation has been allowed by my former employers.”
Chris Snowdon, CEO of Working Partners, said, “Erin Hunter is not one person, but a diverse team of creatives and writers.
We recently found out that Gillian Philip linked Erin Hunter’s pseudonym to her personal views on Twitter, associating them with the entire collective.
In the light of this situation, it was decided not to work with Gillian Philip anymore.
“The decision taken was not a direct answer to the nature of Gillian’s personally expressed opinion.”
HarperCollins UK stepped away from the line saying it ‘has no contract with this author’ – just an appointment with work partners.
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