It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” she tweeted. “The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women—i. e. , to male violence—‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences—is a nonsense.
Here's what apparently went down: King retweeted a message from Rowling's account. “Andrea Dworkin wrote: ‘Men often react to women’s words—speaking and writing—as if they were acts of violence; sometimes men react to women’s words with violence,'” Rowling tweeted on June 28. “It isn’t hateful for women [to] speak about their own experiences, nor do they deserve shaming for doing so.
In response, Rowling sent a now deleted tweet praising the author. “I’ve always revered @StephenKing, but today my love reached – maybe not Annie Wilkes levels – but new heights,” she reportedly tweeted on Sunday, according to Us Weekly. “It’s so much easier for men to ignore women’s concerns, or to belittle them, but I won’t ever forget the men who stood up when they didn’t need to. Thank you, Stephen.
Then, on June 10, Rowling published a lengthy post on her website and sent out a tweet that read “TERF Wars. ” (TERF is an acronym that stands for trans-exclusionary radical feminist. “This isn’t an easy piece to write, for reasons that will shortly become clear, but I know it’s time to explain myself on an issue surrounded by toxicity.
On June 6, Rowling retweeted an op-ed piece that discussed “people who menstruate,” apparently taking issue with the fact that the story did not use the word women. “‘People who menstruate. ’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? ,” she wrote.
Rowling reportedly deleted a gushing tweet about Stephen King after the renowned horror writer tweeted in support of trans women.
Watson, who played Hermione Granger, also spoke out in support of the trans community. “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.
Grint, who portrayed Ron Wesley, issued a statement in response to Rowling’s essay as well. "I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers. Trans women are women.
I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you, and love you for who you are,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “I donate to @Mermaids_Gender and @mamacash.
Also, Bonnie Wright, the actor who played the onscreen sister of Grint's Ron, Ginny Weasley, spoke out via Twitter. "If Harry Potter was a source of love and belonging for you, that love is infinite and there to take without judgment or question. Transwomen are Women.
Trans men are men,” Grint said, according to the Sunday Times on Friday, June 12. "We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment.
Rowling’s initial tweets and her subsequent doubling down have drawn a lot of ire from trans activists and fans of Harry Potter, many of whom found comfort in the story of an outsider finding a place where he belonged.
Redmayne, who appeared in Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts franchise, released a lengthy statement to Variety. “Respect for transgender people remains a cultural imperative, and over the years I have been trying to constantly educate myself.
The Harry Potter author is being criticized for comments she made about the trans community. Harry Potter author J. K.
Leave. Stephen. King. Alone. https://t.co/aB9hahJo1E— Glamour (@glamourmag) June 29, 2020