Once upon a time a celebrity wakes up, rolls out of bed, and says something inane about politics. In other words, Tuesday. Because they’re often pretty, the media thinks their words mean more. Donald Trump has inspired plenty of these pretty people to sound even more unintelligible than usual (see Jennifer Lawrence Tries To Troll Trump. Looks Stupid Instead… and Rob Reiner Says Trump Voters are Just Racist. Why He’s a Dumbass…). Which is why this story comes as a bit more noteworthy. To be fair, I’m not sure anyone would count J.K. Rowling among the blithering idiot celebrity masses. I don’t. She earned her millions, after all, through her own ideas.
But Rowling is also a card-carrying leftist. What’s shocking here is that, unlike Celebrities Without Brains (I see a new charity in the making), Rowling defends Donald Trump. Well, kind of…
“Now, I find almost everything that Mr. Trump says objectionable. I consider him offensive and bigoted,” Rowling said, after accepting a Literary Service Award for her commitment to free speech and social justice.
“But he has my full support to come to my country and be offensive and bigoted there,” she continued. “His freedom to speak protects my freedom to call him a bigot.”
Rowling added Trump’s freedom of speech guarantees her own and warned that “unless we take that absolute position without caveats or apologies, we have set foot upon a road with only one destination.”
Look, obviously her specific comments about Donald Trump are ones that most people reading this right now disagree with. That’s fair. I think she’s often wrong when it comes to politics. But we need to go macro here, see beyond the Whomping Willow for the Forbidden Forrest. What, you didn’t think there would be a Harry Potter reference here? Rictusempra at you.
It just goes to show just how extreme the left has gotten – a noted leftist celebrity saying she believes in free speech, even if she hates the person speaking, is nearly jaw-dropping. She might also laugh at you for your safe-spaces and trigger-warnings. Maybe. I don’t want to put words in her mouth. But in this case Rowling is entirely correct. What gives Donald Trump to be, in her opinion, an offensive bigot, is the same right for her to say so. It’s the same right you can use to say she’s wrong about Trump personally. Dare I offer ten points for Gryffindor? Why not. Credit where due.
We can all disagree on politics. We can all disagree on words. But as soon as someone wants to ban you for your politics or your words, the larger door has closed for good. Parties in power shift, so who’s to say what opinion will be banned from one day to the next? Free speech works both ways, which is what we’ve been saying all along. It’s fine to disagree. We support everyone’s right to have a differing opinion or to say offensive things. Thankfully even Rowling, who’s pretty far left, gets it too.
Now if only she could sort her fellow leftists into the same school of thought.