Controversy has erupted over an online “person of the year” poll conducted by U.K. newspaper The Guardian, with frustrated readers accusing the outlet of pulling the survey down once it appeared likely that author J.K. Rowling – often a target of liberals – was poised to win, as the Daily Wire reports.
Back on Dec. 15, the paper’s website ran a headline imploring its readership, “Tell us: who is your 2021 person of the year?” in a move that quickly got the nominations flowing.
However, is was reportedly not long before it became clear that Rowling, of Harry Potter fame, was running away with the title, likely to the severe consternation of those on the left who have attempted to cancel the prolific scribe over her public statements skeptical of the transgender movement.
Once Rowling’s victory appeared imminent, according to the Daily Wire, the voting mechanism on the website was no longer visible or accessible, and message appeared on the page that said, “This form has been deactivated and is closed to any further submissions.”
Though The Guardian offered no explanation for why the survey was so abruptly taken offline, but the Twitterverse was swift in suspecting that the move had much to do with the hatred that has been directed toward Rowling by transgender activists and progressives angered by her outspoken defense of women’s rights.
As the Daily Wire pointed out, Rowling has been subjected to threats, doxxing, and all manner of professional ostracization, even from the actors who owe their fame and fortune to the author, simply because she has not backed down when it comes to her views, and those on social media were not shy about expressing their outrage over what they believe was The Guardian‘s wrong-headed decision.
One particularly well-received tweet noted, “JK Rowling was voted Guardian’s person of the year. Rather than acknowledge this, Guardian killed the competition. What utter cowardice, Guardian.”
Especially creative, according to the Daily Wire, was another critic who produced a phony Guardian-style article that acerbically reported, “The Guardian has had to announce that cis-woman writer an notorious transphobe J.K. Rowling will be the 2021 Person of the Year,” adding that “Rowling was awarded the honor after 112 recounts of the votes… .”
Try as they might, outlets like The Guardian may believe they can simply erase public opinion by pretending it doesn’t exist, but hopefully there will always be attentive media consumers in sufficient numbers who are willing to call them out for such embarrassing attempts at censorship.