JK Rowling and Churchill dropped as school house names as deemed “unsuitable representatives”


Albertina Lloyd·Entertainment reporter, Yahoo UKWed, 10 February 2021, 1:13 pm

En esta foto del 13 de noviembre de 2018, la escritora J.K. Rowling posa al llegar al estreno de la película
JK Rowling’s name is being dropped as the name of a House of a UK school. (AP)

A UK school has made the decision to drop JK Rowling as a house name following the writer’s transphobia row.

The Harry Potter author was accused of transphobia last year after comments she made on social media about gender identity.

Now students at Seaford Head School in East Sussex, have made the decision to no longer use her name as a house team, as she does not “represent the school’s core values” and it may encourage bullying.

Read more: ‘Harry Potter’ fans reject news of possible TV series in light of JK Rowling’s ‘transphobia’ row

A letter sent out to parents has also revealed the secondary school will no longer use Winston Churchill as a House name as they believe the former British Prime Minister, who led the country during World War II, was “a figure who promoted racism”.

Conservative candidate Winston Churchill gives a radio broadcast whilst campaigning for Epping.
The school has also chosen to drop Winston Churchill as a house name (PA)

Referring to the decision to drop Rowling the letter said: “Furthermore, as a school committed to stopping bullying and creating a safe environment, we no longer think that JK Rowling is a suitable representative, because of her recent words about the trans community. Intolerance and discrimination are treated very severely by our school and we do not want to promote anyone or anything that encourages such prejudice.”

Other house names at the school include anti-apartheid campaigner Nelson Mandela and Victoria nurse Florence Nightingale.

The students will now vote to rename all four houses after local landmarks.

East Sussex County Council said it will not be commenting on the matter.

Actor Daniel Radcliffe, writer J.K. Rowling, actress Emma Watson and actor  Rupert Grint attend the
Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint all spoke out against JK Rowlings comments about gender. (Getty Images)

Rowling, 55, was accused of transphobia after a series of posts on Twitter last June, responding to a story with a headline which read: “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”

Read more: Harry Potter star Robbie Coltrane defends JK Rowling in transphobia row

She tweeted: “‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

She went on to defend her comments saying: “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

Rowling was criticised for her remarks by Harry Potter stars including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne.

Rowling’s series of seven children’s novels about the boy wizard were turned into a successful movie franchise by Warner Bros between 2001 and 2011, and a further spin-off franchise Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, based on a fictional textbook within the original novels is still ongoing.