Netflix users have been divided over a JK Rowling reference in The Sandman.
Friday, two weeks after the Neil Gaiman film adaptation was released, two bonus episodes were added to the streaming service, sparking excitement among fans of the series.
In the second installment, written by Catherine Smyth-McMullen, the Harry Potter author is mentioned in a scene that occurs during the premiere of fictional writer Richard Madoc’s (Arthur Darvill) book.
Set in August 2020, it’s revealed that “every major studio wants a piece” of Madoc, with the author working with “anyone to have him write and direct” the film adaptation. possibly from his novel.
One character then said, “They won’t even let Jo Rowling write and direct,” the other replied, “Jo Rowling needs a new agent. Tell her to call me.”
In recent years, Rowling has made headlines by sharing her views on transgender rights. She first met with backlash in June 2020 after an article suggested the use of the phrase “people who menstruate”. “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” she wrote, adding: “Someone please help me. Overwhelmed? Wimpund? Dirty? “
The scene takes place two months after the controversy, which leads to her being criticized for being a traitor and transsexual.
Some viewers read Rowling references in need of “a new agent” as a Rowling dig.
“OOOOOOOH MY GOD IS DIGING AT JK ROWLING, HOW ARE I DOING,” one of the many tweets read, with another reading: “Not Neil Gaiman is badmouthing Jo Rowling on Sandman.”
However, others call the program for reference; some believe it’s just a nod to the author’s success, while others feel the mention of Rowling diminishes their enjoyment of the series.
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“The new Sandman episode deals with JK Rowling in a positive way,” one fan wrote, adding: “They don’t have to do that lol, goddamn it.”
Rowling recently found herself engaged in a heated argument with author Joanne Harris after claiming that she did not support her when she received death threats because of her views on the subject. transgender.
The author’s accusations focus on Chocolat writer Harris’s position as head of the authors’ association and Rowling’s controversial opinions on transgender politics.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/television/tv-news/the-sandman-netflix-users-divided-over-jk-rowling-reference-41926457.html The Sandman: Netflix users split over JK Rowling’s reference