By Chang Yueh-han 張約翰
Last week local mainstream media were inundated with reports that actress Emma Watson would only return to the Harry Potter franchise if its author, JK Rowling, was not involved in any way. Local media focused on the fallout, fan disappointment and how Watson was called an “ungrateful woke kid” by netizens.
All of these outlets drew their reports from giantfreakinrobot.com, a website focused on providing tech, gossip, and entertainment content.
Although the site claimed that it “obtained information from our trusted and trusted sources” and provided a hyperlink, visitors would find that the link only leads to other gossip and news on the same website, creating a infinite loop. He is incredulous that mainstream Taiwanese media would use such a dubious story as a source.
What is even more interesting is that after the article was published by giantfreakinrobot, many netizens launched personal attacks against Watson, who is known to be an active campaigner for women’s rights and equality. genders.
The website then ran another article, “Emma Watson Is Trending and It’s Our Fault,” saying she shouldn’t be attacked for standing up for her beliefs, while ignoring the fact that all the fuss stemmed from a unreliable source of information.
Watson’s fallout with Rowling came from their opposing views on transgender issues. Rowling has spoken out more than once on sex, gender identity and transgender issues, but her ideas have been heavily criticized by the LGBTQ community.
While Watson stands on the side of LGBTQ people, the attacks on the actress have been seen as a counterattack against people advocating for gender equality, diversity and inclusion. The couple’s breakup turned into a gender politics war.
Those who oppose equality movements like to set extreme examples by turning ideas of equality into ridiculous jokes. Taken out of the context of race, gender and religion, political correctness has become a negative term for the blind pursuit of ideals.
In recent years, Hollywood has been accused of taking political correctness too far and changing original works in pursuit of diversity. However, that doesn’t mean that those who seek equality of race, gender, and religion should be treated as angry, overly emotional, and overly reactive people prone to making a fuss about trivial issues.
The push for equality in different areas is the result of the oppression of certain groups. As traditional groups have vested interests, they might not be able to see the oppression, or perhaps we should say they couldn’t see it under most circumstances. Equality movements are an opportunity for these oppressions to be heard and seen.
Some people might find certain equality movements hard to swallow, but if they could see that these movements are the result of long-term oppression, they would find that the structural oppression behind these movements is worth addressing and resolved, instead of blaming it on ideology. , calling their followers buffoons or labeling them with pejorative terms such as “trannies”.
They should also refrain from using unreliable sources of information to mock oppressed groups who are fighting for equality.
Chang Yueh-han is an adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Journalism at Shih Hsin University.
Translated by Rita Wang
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