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Merrylissa Auldnelli @melissaanelli
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Jo has never once indicated (to me) a problem with speaking my truth to her power. She’s been an absolute champion in that regard. So I hope that continues when I say that my truth right now is that this statement has made me very sad.
2/ I love Harry Potter and I love @jk_rowling and both of those things remain true while being deeply disappointed. The irony is that these views we have were informed by the messages of Harry Potter.
3/ The Harry Potter generation is a huge part of the #metoo movement and it is not an accident that many of those feeling confident doing what is right over easy did so after growing up with these books.
4/ Our concerns about Johnny Depp aren't unfounded or unreasonable: and I don't believe there's a single Harry Potter fan who thinks they know everything about the circumstances
5/ And it isn't about whether or not the people involved want to get on with their lives; my bet is neither of them wants any of this conversation at all
6/ It's about whether we continue propping up the system that implicitly says if a person is rich enough, powerful enough, or can settle things with enough discretion, they can continue to be put in powerful, important positions
7/ This role is an integral part of the whole Harry Potter story - bigger than Newt Scamander. He is arguably as important to the series as Dumbledore. And to put someone in that role who (it is reasonable to believe) abused his power
8/ is just not necessary. A recast is absolutely possible; contracts are bought out all the time, and with four more movies to go this kind of controversy can really, devastatingly affect things.
9/ Why not choose the harder path? Why not say, you know what, this series is about abuses of power and social inequality — and it is a HUGE, absolutely HUGE, cultural touchstone.
10/ You cannot dismiss the level and importance of this series and its messages on the world; you can't pretend it's any other story or any other film.
11/ So, while the Weinsteins of the world are being taken apart, and the Roy Moores of the world continue to win, we should be a greater part of this change. No one is entitled to a film role, and if you make a stand to say that -
12/ - this story shall be above reproach? No one could fault you. And there is reproach here. Dismissing the public's concerns about that reproach feels wrong.
13/ I'll end this for now by saying, again, how much I love Harry Potter and how much I love J.K. Rowling, and how there really is a thought here to avoiding mob mentality to be considered. But this isn't about a mob. At this moment Al Franken is resigning.
14/14 And he should; but if he is to be held accountable so should anyone. Harry Potter fans, especially those who have grappled with domestic abuse, I am very sorry for what you're going through. We as a fandom will address it together, as we always have. <3
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