Harry Potter author JK Rowling posted a series of tweets that have been labeled “anti-trans”, and the world of entertainment is speaking out.
After the author called out an article’s use of the phrase “people who menstruate” she tweeted: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” adding: “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
As the ‘Independent’ reports, there were some who supported Rowling’s tweet, but there were also others who criticised her comment as “transphobic”, arguing that trans, non-binary and non-gender conforming people can also menstruate.
Danielle Radcliffe, who played titular character Harry Potter in the highly successful films, and who has chosen to avoid a public presence on social media, responded to Rowling’s comments through a blog post on ‘The Trevor Project’, stating: “Transgender women are women. 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 (Rowling) or I.”
Aisling Bea shared a written statement from stand-up comedian Sarah Keyworth, stating: “From the lovely, brilliant stand up @sarahkcomedy to the author @jk_rowling, who created a lead character who was told he was one thing but could absolutely be another if he wanted by a magical hat. Even the sorting hat saw nuance & was aware it was infallible defining people.”
Singer Hozier wrote: “Trans rights are human rights. I don’t know who might need to hear this today but you are loved, you are seen and you deserve to be happy and respected for who you are and the God given life you live. Solidarity, Love and Happy.”
After Rowling’s follow-up post stating that she supports transgender Jameela Jamil urged the author to “share some of [her] mega wealth” with a fund helping homeless black trans women.
Model and trans activist Munroe Bergdorf called out Rowling’s decision to send the tweets in the same weekend that Black Lives Matter protests are taking place.
“[It] is an indicator of how you only care about liberation for people like YOU,” Bergdoff wrote.
Sarah Paulson shared a post criticising Rowling, writing: “Word. Goodnight and shut up @jk_rowling.”
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