It’s bad enough that Harry Potter and the Cursed Child’s New York City and San Francisco Twitter accounts wished everyone a “Happy Pride Month” this week, but the even more tone deaf decision to use the Progress Pride flag, which incorporates the trans Pride colors into the rainbow spectrum, sent the internet into a tailspin.
The play’s author, JK Rowling, has firmly established that she is no friend to the trans community, regularly attacking their rights. Her repeated attacks have caused many LGBTQ Harry Potter fans to turn their backs on the franchise altogether.
Several commenters rose to the occasion with inspired responses, such as these ideas for Harry’s next big adventure:
Harry Potter and the Audacity of This Shit.
— King Kitt, Sunshine Goblin (@IndustrialPet) June 7, 2022
Harry potter and the Lack of Situational Awareness https://t.co/WidBOEFPKD
— ?????ZR1NZ03????? (@Z_R1Nzoe) June 8, 2022
Actor Anthony Rapp put all jokes aside, however, when he responded: “This tweet is the epitome of cowardice masquerading as allyship. The ultimate in virtue-signalling.
“The folks producing this show have yet to openly condemn the monstrously damaging and violent words and deeds of its playwright. Will they donate to and amplify trans rights orgs?”
This tweet is the epitome of cowardice masquerading as allyship. The ultimate in virtue signaling. The folks producing this show have yet to openly condemn the monstrously damaging & violent words & deeds of its playwright. Will they donate to & amplify trans rights orgs? https://t.co/1Vehmb7ZfT
— Anthony Rapp SAG-AFTRA National & NY Board Member (@albinokid) June 8, 2022
Here’s what other folks had to say:
AHAHAHAHAHAAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA 😂 This is too funny. A Harry Potter product sporting trans colours in the flag.
— Charlie Murray (@Kranitoko) June 7, 2022
— Kelly 🏳️🌈🏳️⚧️ (@kellykurdt) June 7, 2022
— CJ✨ (@PopplioPup) June 7, 2022
First of all, lol. And indeed lmao.
Also what proportion of your show’s revenue will you be giving to actually help LGBTQI people? Or are we just free advertising?
— A Mad 🚬 (@DamselDystopia) June 7, 2022
No wizards at pride
— Sam Humphreys 🏴🚩 (@RhetoricalHype) June 7, 2022
* JK Rowling disliked this.
— Bill (@billdotmu) June 7, 2022
— Semy. (Semy Says…). (@SMeridoc) June 7, 2022
Siri, show me “rainbow capitalism” please.
— Natalie the Iconoclast (NHS gender assessment arc) (@larilille) June 7, 2022
donate every bit of profit you make this month to trans rights charities to counteract the harm that JK has done otherwise this means nothing
— Morgan Lloyd Malcolm (@mogster) June 7, 2022
This is grim guys, come on.
— CD (@claireyfairy1) June 7, 2022
Uh huh. Does Joanne know you used the progress flag? pic.twitter.com/lowhCycdu6
— Bronwen🌹🏳️🌈 (@Bronwen85) June 7, 2022
read the room
— Margaret, The Fell Omen (@EggmeatGentle) June 7, 2022