JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments
LOS ANGELES: “Harry Potter” creator J.Okay. Rowling stated she refuses to “bow down” to criticism about her current feedback on transgender folks.
Rowling revealed a prolonged put up on her weblog web site Wednesday in response to the backlash and her issues over “new trans activism.” She has been underneath hefty scrutiny about her ideas on transgender identification from the LGBTQ group together with Eddie Redmayne and Daniel Radcliffe, who starred within the Harry Potter movie franchise.
“I refuse to bow all the way down to a motion that I imagine is doing demonstrable hurt in looking for to erode ‘girl’ as a political and organic class and providing cowl to predators like few earlier than it,” she stated.
Rowling drew outrage Saturday on Twitter when she criticized an opinion piece revealed by the web site Devex, a media platform for the worldwide growth group, that used the phrase “individuals who menstruate.” Rowling implied it ought to have stated “ladies.”
The famed creator continued with one other thread talking concerning the idea of organic intercourse. She stated she felt compelled to tweet her ideas about her expertise with home abuse and sexual assault.
“I stand alongside the courageous men and women, homosexual, straight and trans, who’re standing up for freedom of speech and thought, and for the rights and security of among the most susceptible in our society: younger homosexual children, fragile youngsters, and ladies who’re reliant on and want to retain their single intercourse areas,” she stated in her put up Wednesday.
Rowling’s tweets brought about a firestorm of responses from the LGBTQ group and others who had been upset along with her phrases. A Harry Potter fan group tweeted its disapproval of Rowling’s put up and inspired followers to donate to a bunch that helps again transgender ladies.
“It appears JK is nice at just one factor: writing fantasy,” the advocacy group GLAAD stated in an announcement Wednesday. “Her misinformed and harmful missive about transgender folks flies within the face of medical and psychological consultants and devalues trans folks accounts of their very own lives.”
Redmayne, who starred in two “Fantastic Beasts” movies of the “Harry Potter prequel collection, disagreed with Rowling’s feedback on Twitter. The Oscar-winning actor stated that his transgender mates and colleagues are uninterested in the “fixed questioning of their identities.”
“Trans ladies are ladies, trans males are males and non-binary identities are legitimate,” stated Redmayne, who performed a transgender girl within the 2015 movie “The Danish Girl,” which earned him an Oscar nomination. He joined Radcliffe who additionally disapproved of Rowling’s ideas on transgender identification.
“Trans persons are who they are saying they’re and need to dwell their lives with out being always questioned or advised they aren’t who they are saying they’re,” stated Emma Watson on Twitter on Wednesday. She starred as Hermione Granger within the Harry Potter movie collection.
On Monday, Radcliffe revealed a prolonged essay about Rowling’s tweets on a web site for a nonprofit group devoted to disaster intervention and suicide prevention for LGBTQ folks. He stated “transgender ladies are ladies.”
“Any assertion on the contrary erases the identification and dignity of transgender folks and goes in opposition to all recommendation given by skilled well being care associations who’ve way more experience on this material than both Jo or I,” the actor stated.