Daniel Radcliffe stands with the LGBTs amid JK Rowling's ‘transphobic’ tweets, here's what he said
New Delhi | Jagran Entertainment Desk: When today’s Gen-X was in its teenage and millennials were aged in single digits, JK Rowling’s Harry Potter series was storming the bookstores in those Pre-Amazon times, and Daniel Radcliffe-Emma Watson starrer Harry Potter movies based on the books written by Rowling were keeping the Potterheaded senses of the world engaged in the Hogwarts Universe in the most spectacular fashion.
Years after, Rowling, who was recently named by Forbes magazine as World’s 28th highest paid celebrity, has come at crossheads with Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played one of the most-admired characters of all time on Big Screen – Harry James Potter.
Reacting on Rowling’s controversial remarks on Transgender community, Radcliffe said that though Rowling is unquestionably responsible for the course his life and career has taken, but at the same time as a human being, he feels compelled to say something on Rowling’s remarks.
In a a statement through the LGBT suicide prevention programme, ‘Trevor Project’, Radcliffe said, that: “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 (Rowling) or I.”
Rowling had earlier taken to the Twitter discussing the multiple aspects of Transgender community with respect to their sexuality, with a headline on an online article highlighting “people who menstruate” and said that: “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?— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
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People accused Rowling of being Transphobic, and subsequently the Harry Potter author received huge backlash for her comments on the Transgender community in particular. Rowling denied the allegations of being transphobic and said that: “I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans.”
I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
The 30-years-old actor also addressed the Potterheads on social media who said they could no longer enjoy the Harry Potter series due to Rowling’s transphobic comments.
“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,” said Daniel Radcliffe.
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