Someone Accio J.K. Rowling’s wig, because Daniel Radcliffe just issued the perfect response to her transphobia.
In an essay posted on The Trevor Project’s blog, the Harry Potter star responded to another series of anti-transgender tweets from the bestselling children’s book author.
“I realize that certain press outlets will probably want to paint this as in-fighting between J.K. Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now,” Radcliffe began, adding that while Rowling is “unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honored to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment”:
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. … It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.
The actor cited statistics from the advocacy group, which found that 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported experiencing discrimination due to their gender identity.
As NewNowNext reported Monday, Rowling took to Twitter to express anti-transgender sentiments yet again, mocking an article about menstrual health during the coronavirus pandemic that used trans-inclusive language.
“’People who menstruate,'” she tweeted Saturday. “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
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— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
Her latest anti-transgender tirade drew ire from LGBTQ advocates and queer Harry Potter fans, who were saddened and angered to see the author of such a beloved fantasy series share such harmful “opinions.”
But instead of issuing an apology, Rowling doubled down on the transphobia.
“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction,” she tweeted. “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
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— GLAAD (@glaad) June 7, 2020
It’s too bad we can’t Obliviate Rowling’s transphobia from our memory.
“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,” Radcliffe added. “I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you.”
Read the actor’s response in full here.