J K Rowling has been lately slammed for passing numerous transphobic remarks on her Twitter account. Along with that, she has been issuing a book to sketch transgender people like sinners. The author’s behavior steered many Harry Potter movie actors like Emma Watson and Eddie Raymayne to publicly support the transgender community.
Addressing Hogwarts Legacy’s connection with the author and her comments, WB Games president David Haddad apparently said in a company Q&A through Jason Schreier that Rowling “has the right to hold her opinions.”
On the other hand, after JK Rowling’s remarks on Twitter, Daniel Radcliffe, who portrayed Harry Potter in the movies, recently supported the transgender people by posting an open letter through LGBQT non-profit Trevor Project.
What has JK Rowling said?
It began like a lot of present-day battles do, on Twitter. In December, Rowling supported a researcher who lost her job for expressing her opposition to a British Government reform. Then, on June 6 this year, Rowling retweeted an op-ed that applied the term “people who menstruate” instead of “women”.
Today during a company Q&A, Warner Bros. Games president David Haddad addressed employees' questions surrounding the recent announcement of Hogwarts Legacy and Harry Potter author JK Rowling's anti-trans comments. His comments, per video clip sent to me this afternoon: pic.twitter.com/cbYZ0JT9c0
— Jason Schreier (@jasonschreier) September 30, 2020
As the temperature of the debate sizzled, she tweeted that although she supports against the discrimination against transgender people she cannot divulge from being proud because of the woman she is, sexually or otherwise. But Rowling easily became entangled in a debate that has been constructed in the form of the transgender lobby vs the TERFs (trans-exclusionary radical feminists).
On June 10, she wrote a blog regarding the criticism and abuse she was receiving.
What has been the reaction on J.K Rowling Tweet?
In brief: diverse, passionate, and mainly restricted to Twitter.
Actors in film transcriptions of her books like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne socially disassociated themselves from J K Rowlings remarks about transgender women. They steadily showed support for transgender people and organisations. Harry Potter fan sites announced a joint statement stating Rowling’s views on the transgender community opposed the essence of acceptance and empowerment that is found in her books.
Though, many also supported her comments. Feminist blogger Claire Heuchan stated she had a lot of respect for Rowling’s courage and sympathy. Dr. Kathleen Stock, professor of philosophy at the University of Sussex, stated that Rowling was correct about safeguarding women-only spaces.
What are trans people saying?
Performer Jordan Raskopoulos says she is not bothered about Rowling’s book. Though she cares about “the enormous amount of space” she’s talking about. She explained that Rowling’s remarks were inaccurate and distressing. The size of the platform that Rowling explained has a noteworthy negative influence on a large number of transgender people and especially those who are young Raskopoulos stressed.
Sally Goldner from Transgender Victoria said JK Rowling’s platform accompanies rights and responsibilities. She told the media that Rowling has the freedom to express her opinions, but yields responsibility by ejecting completely fabricated and tired jokes with no genuine foundation.