J.K. Rowling Gets Backlash for Transphobic Tweets Again, Daniel Radcliffe Responds (UPDATE)

J.K. Rowling got dragged on social media following transphobic tweets she made regarding how people sexually identify, again.

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UPDATED 6/8, 9:15 p.m. ET: Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played the character Harry Potter in the popular film series, has responded to J.K. Rowling via a statement that was published by the Trevor Project, an organization that provides suicide prevention and crisis intervention services for young LGBTQ people.

"Transgender women are women," Radcliffe wrote on the Trevor Project's website in response to Rowling. "Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either Jo or I. According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm."

Radcliffe continued, "To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you."

The actor also made a point to mention that his response was not "in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself." He acknowledged that Rowling is "unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken" but he felt "compelled to say something at this moment."

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J.K. Rowling has found herself in hot water for yet again doing something that makes her look transphobic. 

The Harry Potter author made a highly questionable tweet on Saturday in response to an opinion editorial article discussing a "more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate."

‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?

Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate https://t.co/cVpZxG7gaA

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020

"‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people," Rowling quote-tweeted in response to the article. "Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"

This also wasn't the first time that Rowling has made transphobic comments, back in 2019 she was also criticized for supporting a woman who had been fired for having transphobic tweets.

Rowling's most recent tweets didn't end there though, as she would go on to try and defend her previous tweet and stance.

If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020

The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women - ie, to male violence - ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences - is a nonsense.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020

I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020

This was also while she attempted to respond to others who were criticizing her for the original transphobic tweet. 

One of my best mates just called me. Self-described butch lesbian. It was hard to tell, because she was shouting quite loudly, but I could just make out ‘FUCKING YES!’ https://t.co/yEbP8ygn1P

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020

‘Feminazi’, ‘TERF’, ‘bitch’, ‘witch’.
Times change. Woman-hate is eternal. https://t.co/R6YlRFEvgG

— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020

Despite her attempts of explaining herself, Rowling still received heavy backlash for her comments, some of which coming from trans pop singer Kim Petras as well.

maam ... read the room and post about BLM ! how is this the right time to go off on this ?

— kim petras (@kimpetras) June 6, 2020

I can’t believe that in this moment @jk_rowling has decided the most useful thing to tweet to her 14.5 million followers is wilfully pedantic, gender critical TERF nonsense. The world is full of threats worth fighting against. Trans people are not a threat. #TransWomenareWomen

— Mae Martin (@TheMaeMartin) June 6, 2020

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of TERFkaban https://t.co/kDnrWh8p3l

— . (@swordsjew) June 6, 2020

Weird way to tell me to unfollow you.

— Heather Anne Campbell (@heathercampbell) June 6, 2020

Why do you go out of your way to be TERFy ☹️

— Rep. Jackie Chretien (@JackieCinMHT) June 6, 2020

JK Rowling when people choose a Patronus vs when they choose pronouns pic.twitter.com/IBspCc61T2

— Quinton Reviews🎬 (@Q_Review) June 7, 2020

harry potter jk rowling pic.twitter.com/xck8DinnlV

— vic (@vhufflwpuff10) June 7, 2020


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