J.K. Rowling Pens Letter Addressing Her Comments That Were Widely Deemed Transphobic (UPDATE)

The 'Harry Potter' creator shared a lengthy essay on Wednesday in which she defended her commentary and revealed she is a sexual assault and abuse survivor.


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UPDATED 6/10, 9:56 p.m. ET: Warner Bros. has released a statement on J.K. Rowling's comments about the transgender community, Varietyreports.

"The events in the last several weeks have firmed our resolve as a company to confront difficult societal issues," Warner Bros.  said in the statement. "Warner Bros.’ position on inclusiveness is well established, and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture has never been more important to our company and to our audiences around the world. We deeply value the work of our storytellers who give so much of themselves in sharing their creations with us all. We recognize our responsibility to foster empathy and advocate understanding of all communities and all people, particularly those we work with and those we reach through our content."

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J.K. Rowling is defending recent comments she made that were widely deemed transphobic, including by Harry Potter franchise alums Daniel Radcliffe and Eddie Redmayne.

In a lengthy essay shared to her official site on Wednesday, Rowling said that her "interest in trans issues" pre-dated both her most recent controversy, which included comments GLAAD said distorted "facts about gender identity and people who are trans," and her December 2019 support of Maya Forstater.

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

"So why am I doing this? Why speak up? Why not quietly do my research and keep my head down?" Rowling said in the essay. From there, she outlined five reasons for being, in her words, "worried about the new trans activism" and its "effects" on causes she supports.

"We're living through the most misogynistic period I've experienced," Rowling said Wednesday. "Back in the 80s, I imagined that my future daughters, should I have any, would have it far better than I ever did, but between the backlash against feminism and a porn-saturated online culture, I believe things have got significantly worse for girls. Never have I seen women denigrated and dehumanised to the extent they are now."

“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” 👏

Thank you Daniel Radcliffe for all your support 💗https://t.co/C56gu10Fkk

— The Trevor Project (@TrevorProject) June 9, 2020

Later on, Rowling spoke on being a sexual assault and domestic abuse survivor, something she's not previously addressed publicly.

"I'm mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who've been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces," Rowling said.

Read the author's latest comments in full here. Thus far, the criticism remains ongoing:

Instead of reading J.K. Rowling's transphobic screed on how she's oppressed for being a bigot, you should donate to the COVID relief fund organized by SisTers PGH. A black lead trans organization dedicated to community support and mutual aid in my city. https://t.co/pbRo0yOVHF pic.twitter.com/mkye3noH8t

— Eva ''Buff Girlfriend'' (@ayyy_vuh) June 10, 2020

J K Rowling set her post to have no replies so that people would be forced to RT with comment just to respond.

This is a manipulative trick to make it look like the numbers support her, and her bigotry.

Don’t fall for this trick and don’t RT her.

— David Cersei Haddon (@ebonrook_film) June 10, 2020

anyone with the power to unplug JK Rowling’s wifi router must act now. they must not hesitate

— Beth McColl (@imbethmccoll) June 10, 2020

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