Daniel Radcliffe Supports Trans Rights Amid J K Rowling’s Controversial Tweet
Author JK Rowling came under fire recently for tweeting a transphobic statement.
Last week, author JK Rowling’s tweet in response to the opinion piece published in devex.com titled ‘Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate’, created a huge uproar.
In response to the article, Rowling wrote “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?"
Many saw the tweet to be insensitive towards transgender people, non-binary and non-gender conforming people who also menstruate, while also reflected the British author’s transphobic attitude.
Star of the film adaptation of the hit series Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe wrote a note through The Trevor Project – an LGBTQ suicide prevention charity – to speak in support of trans rights and hope that Rowling’s tweet does not taint the Harry Potter series.
"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 or I," said Radcliffe.
The Jungle actor apologized on behalf of Rowling’s tweet and said he is also still learning on how to be a better ally.
Talking about the series, he said "To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you."
"If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, non-binary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion nobody can touch that," he continued.
"It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much."
Author JK Rowling has been loved by many across the globe for penning the hit fantasy novels, the Harry Potter series. The series gave many of the 90s kids a hopeful experience growing up as they dwelled into a magical world with every instalment of the book, which was then followed by the movie adaptation of the hit series.