Why We Must Separate Artists’ Professional And Personal Expression


On this episode of The Federalist Radio Hour, Libby Emmons and Paulina Enck, joined Culture Editor Emily Jashinsky to discuss Harry Potter author and radical feminist J.K. Rowling’s stance against transgenderism. Emmons and Enck are contributors at The Federalist, and Emmons also serves as senior editor at The Post Millennial.

Many on the left have recently attempted to cancel Rowling for her recent essay warning against the dangers of the transgender movement. Enck, a long-time Harry Potter fan, defended Rowling’s work as valuable and impactful regardless against Rowling’s personal opinions. Emmons observed there’s a demand for artists and writers to adhere to certain ideological identities, but she argued that their work ought to remain separate. The two also dove into criticisms of cancel culture more broadly.

“I don’t think that there’s any reason to fully associate an artist with the work that they create…” Emmons said. “I don’t think there’s any reason to condemn a person’s artwork because of the artist or because of what they’re capable of.”

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