JK Rowling’s billboard was painted within a few hours (Twitter / @ christophelston).
A man who paid for a billboard titled “I heart JK Rowling” after the author’s comments on Trans Lives was reportedly arrested for “angering protesters and even trying to hit someone.”
Plastered with the words “I. [heart] JK Rowling, in a style similar to the I Heart NY travel campaign, the billboard in Vancouver, Canada was downgraded hours after it was unveiled last month.
The billboard was paid for by two Rowling fans who proudly shared a photo of it and wrote an open letter saying, “We did it because we were inspired by Rowling, who is a champion for women’s rights. , Girls and children. “
The move angered not only local LGBT + groups but also city councilors, who described it as “a message intended to fuel hatred, exclusion and division”. Residents quickly gathered, cherry pickers and paint cans nearby, to coat and remove the notice board.
A month later it was reported that one of those hiding behind the billboard was arrested for “annoying protesters and even trying to hit someone.”
Vancouver law enforcement agencies have confirmed that an unidentified man was arrested on Saturday afternoon (October 24). Messages 1130 It was later reported that it was the same person behind Rowling’s billboard.
The arrest came after hundreds of protesters took to the streets of the Vancouver Art Gallery to protest the treatment of the Mi’kma’ki community in Nova Scotia, where commercial and indigenous fishermen clashed over a lobster fishery.
“The suspect was taken to jail and released with a date and conditions for a hearing,” said Tania Visintin, Vancouver Police Department officer.
The man who paid for JK Rowling’s poster insists that he is not transphobic.
The arrest comes just a week after the suspect put down an event for Nicola Spurling, a trans woman candidate for the BC Greens Party, the newspaper reported.
While Spurling was speaking to volunteers, the man arrived with an “I ❤ JK Rowling” sign and another that read “Gender ideology has no place in schools.”
His presence quickly sparked a similar wave of outrage on the internet, including from Coquitlam-Maillardville election candidates, Spurling’s rivals.
Indeed, asking about Rowling’s perspective on trans rights has led her followers to regularly play with games, often free-running the anti-trans playbook of fiery falsehoods.
When the two Canadians learned that their billboard had been removed, they complained that they had signed the operator Pattison Outdoors an open letter shared online.
“Rowling is not transphobic and neither are we,” they wrote.
“Like them, we are concerned about the impact of gender identity ideology on the rights of women and girls. We ask you to stand with us, stand with women and stand up for freedom of expression. “”
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