Daniel Radcliffe, the star of the Harry Potter franchise, replied on Monday to the creator of the JK franchise Rowling’s controversial gender identity tweets, directly addressing fans who may have felt pain while reading the comments by the author, which some describe as transphobic.
Rowling, who has often been criticized by the big fandom Potter for his publications on social networks, triggered a backlash over the weekend after having ridiculed a headline on “people who have their periods”.
Radcliffe, who has no public presence on social media, wrote a sincere response to Rowling’s comments in a blog article for The Trevor Project, a non-profit organization dedicated to preventing suicide among LGBTQ + youth. .
“Transgender women are women,” he writes. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all the advice given by professional health associations that have much more expertise in this area than Jo (Rowling) or me. ”
Rowling did not apologize. Although following on from her tweet on Saturday, she wrote in quotation marks words that she had been called in as part of the reaction, including “witch” and “TERF,” which means radical transexclusive feminist.
She followed this tweet with a three-part tweet thread in which she defended her previous comments.
A Rowling representative did not immediately respond to CNN’s request for comment regarding Radcliffe’s position and the outrage surrounding his tweet.
“Clearly we need to do more”
Radcliffe began his article by asserting that his comments are not “in conflict” between him and Rowling, which he wrote “undoubtedly responsible for the course my life has taken”.
“According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and non-binary youth reported being discriminated against because of their gender identity,” wrote Radcliffe, who said he was “honored to work with” The Trevor Project over the past decade. “It is clear that we must do more to support transgender and non-binary people, not to invalidate their identity and not to cause further harm. ”
He then referred readers to the Trevor Project Guide to be an ally of transgender and non-binary youth, noting that he “always learns to be a better ally.”
The 30-year-old actor then spoke specifically to fans of the wizarding world, or “everyone who now feels that their experience with books has been tarnished or diminished.”
“I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you,” he wrote. “I really hope you don’t lose all that was precious to you in these stories. If these books have taught you that love is the most powerful force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they have taught you that strength is in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of purity lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, not binary or gender fluid, or that he is gay or bisexual; if you found something in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any point in your life – then it’s between you and the book you’re reading, and it’s sacred. ”
Radcliffe is not the only celebrity to have expressed his views on Rowling’s tweet.
Jonathan Van Ness of Netflix’s Queer Eye also responded to the author.
History of controversial articles
Rowling has 14.5 million Twitter followers, and his “Harry Potter” franchise was celebrated for its acceptance messages. However, over the years, fans have expressed disappointment with the author for his social media posts which sometimes project the opposite message.
In 2018, she was criticized for having liked a tweet from a user that referred to “men in dresses”. A Rowling spokesperson at the time told Newsweek that “it was a mistake.” “I’m afraid J.K. Rowling had an awkward, middle-aged moment, and it’s not the first time that she has favored holding her phone incorrectly! The representative said to the publication.
In December Rowling disappointed the Harry Potter community after expressing support for Maya Forstater, a woman who lost a labor court after comments she made on social media about transgender people.
The comments shocked the fans. “As a devoted Harry Potter fan who is also transgender, it was like a punch in the stomach,” wrote author Jackson Bird in an editorial for The New York Times in December 2019. “Through his books, Mrs. Rowling helped teach a generation the power not only of tolerance, but of fierce acceptance and unconditional love. ”
GLAAD, a non-profit organization dedicated to LGBTQ + issues, cited Bird’s column in its response to Rowling’s tweet this weekend.
CNN’s Rory Sullivan and Kathryn Snowdon contributed to this report.