Author JK Rowling has found herself in hot water yet again due to tweets that invalidate trans people. It all started when she aired her support for a researcher who lost her job due to transphobic tweets.
Rowling took offense at a headline for an article that went, “Opinion: Creating 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,” Rowling tweeted on Saturday evening. “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Now, Harry Potter actor, Daniel Radcliffe is being praised across social media for taking a stand against Rowling and airing his support for trans women in a powerful open letter published on the Trevor Foundation website.
While acknowledging that Rowling was “unquestionably responsible” for his career success, Radcliffe stated that “he felt compelled to say something,” at the risk of the media painting the situation as “in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself.”
“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe writes in the letter. “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.”
Warner Bros has also issued a statement regarding her tweets.
“The events in the last several weeks have firmed our resolve as a company to confront difficult societal issues. 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,” the company said in a statement. “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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