If I were flying on a plane, and had the choice to be seated either next to a tranny, or next to someone who plays this fake sport… I really don’t know what I’d pick. Granted, there is probably a significant overlap between those two parties.
Quidditch, the sport inspired by the wizarding game in the “Harry Potter” books, will now be known as quadball, its governing bodies said, a name change meant in part to distance themselves from author J.K. Rowling’s views on transgender issues.
In a statement on its website on Wednesday, the International Quidditch Association (IQA) said it was joining US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch – now rebranded as US Quadball (USQ) and Major League Quadball – in adopting the new name after all three bodies had previously announced their decision to make the change.
At the time they cited two reasons: Rowling’s opinions on transgender matters which have caused controversy, and Warner Bros., which was behind the “Harry Potter” films, owning the trademark for “quidditch”, limiting the sport’s expansion.
In 2020, Rowling voiced her concerns over trans women being allowed access to female spaces, drawing praise from some women’s rights campaigners as well as accusations of transphobia, which the author has rejected, by trans activists.
Chris Lau, chair of the IQA Board of Trustees, said IQA was “very excited to be joining USQ and MLQ in changing the name of our sport and supporting this change across our members worldwide”.
He added: “We are confident in this step and we look forward to all the new opportunities quadball will bring. This is an important moment in our sport’s history.”
Not for all the money in the world
Quadball, referring to the number of balls and positions in the sport, was chosen following surveys.
First introduced in Rowling’s books, the game was adapted to real life in 2005 with two teams of seven players running around with broomsticks between their legs in a full contact sport.
Today nearly 600 teams in 40 countries play the game, according to the IQA.
JK does roll hard.
Honestly, I couldn’t even make it through the first half of the first book (and I’m a reader and a fantasy reader), but she is one of the celebrities I respect most of all. She has literally nothing to gain, and is burning down her entire legacy on principle.
I’m not saying #NotAllWomen, but you have to allow for individuals. Also, she’s still a woman. She has been divorced and remarried and so on. These books probably promoted the occult to children (I don’t know that, I’ve heard it from evangelicals, but they also say that about Dungeons & Dragons, and I really don’t believe it about Dungeons & Dragons. They were right about certain kinds – but by no means all – of heavy metal music. So it is hit or miss in the evangelical “accusations of demonism” category. I guess I should give JK the benefit of the doubt since I haven’t read her shitty books.)
Canceling Shakespeare or Beethoven is certainly much worse than canceling some shitty children’s novelist, obviously – but it is actually more extreme to cancel someone who contributed so much to current, modern culture, and who is still alive.
Also, she could have said all of this stuff she’s saying now in 2015 without a problem.
Do you really think people won’t get canceled for “pedophobia” in a few years from now?
Better question: will there be more than one celebrity standing up against pedophilia in a few years from now?