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An Aussie Bookshop Will No Longer Stock Books By JK Rowling After Her Continued Transphobia

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Perth bookshop Rabble Books & Games has finally done what everyone was thinking by banning Harry Potter books from its premises, in response to JK Rowling‘s public and unrepentant transphobia.

In case you missed it, the author’s recently gone from liking transphobic tweets to writing a whole transphobic novel.

“We are always trying to make Rabble a safer space for our community, and part of that is trying not to put books by transphobes on the shelves, when we know about them,” the shop’s owner Nat Latter (pictured) said in a Facebook post.

“Here is where we’re at: we’re not going to stock new JK Rowling books and we won’t be keeping Robert Galbraith books (her pseudonym for crime novels) on the shelf anymore. Though we don’t sell many, we’re going to phase out the Harry Potter books too.

“We’re physically a very small shop, and this opens up so much space for awesome books by Jessica Townsend, Jeremy Lachlan, Tamara Moss, Rebecca Lim, Ambelin Kwaymullina and Akwaeke Emezi and other amazing writers with middle grade and young adult fantasy adventure books.”

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While JK Rowling titles will be off the shelf, it’ll still be possible to order them, just like any other non-stocked book.

The bookshop noted that while stocking books isn’t necessarily an endorsement of the author’s shitty opinions, in this case removing the books would be about creating a safe space for those who visit.

“There are more worthy books to put on the shelf, books that don’t harm communities and won’t make us sad to unpack them,” Latter added.

Latter even noted a not-so-fun fact at the end of the post: Did you know Robert Galbraith, Rowling’s pen name, is eerily similar to Robert Galbraith Heath, an American psychiatrist who pioneered gay conversion therapy through electrical stimulation? Yikes.

JK Rowling herself hasn’t yet responded to the move, but one can assume she has no time for her antipodean critics anyway.

But one can imagine what her response might be, as one TikToker noted: “This is a mattuh of DEMOCRACY. Mmm?”

Too bad, too sad.

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America’s Got Talent judge teases Simon Cowell’s TV return

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Less than two months after he broke his back in a motorbike accident, Simon Cowell may make his triumphant return to America’s Got Talent for the grand final.

This promising update comes via fellow judge Heidi Klum, who revealed (via The Mirror): “He is going to come to the finale, but do not tell anyone.”

It’s currently unknown whether or not this will be over video call or in person, but fans will find out next week when the episode airs.

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Related: America’s Got Talent judge Heidi Klum slams contestant who called her “tramp” during his act

At the time of Cowell’s accident, an America’s Got Talent spokesperson told Digital Spy: “Simon has broken his back in a number of places in a fall from his bike whilst testing a new electric bike in the courtyard of his home in Malibu with his family.

“He was taken to hospital where they operated overnight, he’s under observation and is doing fine.”

Pop star Kelly Clarkson was immediately brought in as his replacement on the judging panel, with Kenan Thompson also taking on his duties for an episode.

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Related: Kelly Clarkson marks 18 years since her American Idol win

Announcing her appointment on social media, the ‘Since U Been Gone’ singer wrote: “My friend, Simon Cowell, is doing better now but was in an accident and won’t be able to make Tuesday and Wednesday’s live shows for AGT.

“But no worries America, someone far wiser, cooler, and hotter is taking his seat! The unbelievably amazing Kelly Clarkson [winking emoji]. You’re welcome in advance!”

America’s Got Talent airs on NBC in the US and on Netflix in the UK.


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Britain’s Got Talent reveals latest act in the final

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The third semi-final of this year’s Britain’s Got Talent aired tonight (September 19) – and now we have another confirmed finalist.

Performing in front of judging panel Ashley Banjo, Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon, eight acts entertained the nation watching from home, but only one could be sent through. The rest now await the public vote which closes at 10am on Monday (September 21).

After receiving three out of a possible four votes from the judges, it was magician Magical Bones who got the nod tonight.

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Related: Britain’s Got Talent sends another act through to the grand final

Comic drag queen Myra Dubois, who brought Amanda onstage for a duet, opened the show, while Magical Bones also beat out the likes of string instrument players Ember Trio, inspirational choir Sign Along with Us, singer Bhim Niroula, dance group X1X Crew, costumed musician Dario the Dinosaur and blind pianist/singer Sirine Jahangir.

Stunned by the final result, tonight’s victor admitted he was “literally speechless” in his interview with presenters Ant and Dec.

“I don’t know what to say I’m genuinely speechless,” said Magical Bones. “Thank you guys so much for making dreams come true.”

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Related: Britain’s Got Talent receives 90 complaints over comedian’s jokes

Meanwhile, he also went on to suggest that he’s got “something special in mind” for the final, and going off his previous two performances, this promises to be unforgettable.

The Britain’s Got Talent semi-finals will continue next week (September 26) on ITV.



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Is Schitt’s Creek season 7 happening?

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Looper, series creator and star Dan Levy announced via Instagram that the series would conclude with its sixth season. You can read part of his heartfelt statement below:

We are so grateful to have been given the time and creative freedom to tell this story in its totality, concluding with a final chapter that we had envisioned from the very beginning. It’s not lost on us what a rare privilege it is in this industry to get to decide when your show should take its final bow. We could never have dreamed that our fans would grow to love and care about these characters in the ways that you have.

The sixth and final season of Schitt’s Creek is expected to arrive on Netflix this October.

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