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Eddie Izzard Defends JK Rowling, Says She Doesn't Think the Author is Transphobic

Eddie Izzard is weighing in on the controversy regarding JK Rowling‘s comments about the trans community.

If you missed it, the 58-year-old English comic recently came out as gender fluid while announcing that she prefers using she/her pronouns.

Last year, the 55-year-old Harry Potter author came under fire when she made comments about gender, that were widely viewed as transphobic.

In a new interview, Eddie defended JK, while also saying that she doesn’t think the author is transphobic.

“I don’t think J.K. Rowling is transphobic,” Eddie shared with The Telegraph. “I think we need to look at the things she has written about in her blog. Women have been through such hell over history. Trans people have been invisible, too.”

Eddie continued: “I hate the idea we are fighting between ourselves, but it’s not going to be sorted with the wave of a wand. I don’t have all the answers. If people disagree with me, fine, but why are we going through hell on this?”

Harry Potter stars, including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint, all shared statements denouncing JK‘s comments, while showing their support for the trans community.

However, this one Harry Potter actor did defend JK Rowling amid the controversy.

Pete Davidson Calls Out J.K. Rowling for Transphobic Comments During 'SNL'

Pete Davidson is calling out J.K. Rowling.

The 26-year-old King of Staten Island star responded to the Harry Potter author’s past transphobic comments during “Weekend Update” on Saturday Night Live on Saturday (October 10).

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“I long for a few young years ago when the worst things she did were those Fantastic Beasts movies. No discrimination there, they harmed us all equally,” he joked on the show.

He defended his six Harry Potter tattoos, saying he “didn’t know that J.K. Rowling was going to go all Mel Gibson,.”

“I have a Game of Thrones tattoo and now I’m terrified [author] George R.R. Martin is going to be like, ‘Hey, if you enjoyed what I had to say about dragons and dire wolves, wait till you hear what I think about Puerto Ricans.’ It’s crazy times we live in! It’s not fair.”

“What’s wrong with her? She creates a seven-book fantasy series about all types of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves and the one thing she can’t wrap her head around is Laverne Cox? She’s a national treasure,” he continued.

One of the Harry Potter stars also recently came out against J. K. Rowling.

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Eddie Redmayne Doesn't Support J.K. Rowling's Anti-Trans Comments, But Calls 'Vitriol' Towards Her 'Absolutely Disgusting'

Eddie Redmayne is speaking out about the backlash that “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has received after she made anti-trans comments on social media.

The author has essentially been “canceled” by her fans this summer for the hurtful and harmful comments that she has made about the transgender community. Eddie previously spoke out to express that he supports the trans community and he disagrees with Jo‘s comments.

In a new interview with the Daily Mail, Eddie said that he was alarmed by the “vitriol” sent to Rowling, which he said was “absolutely disgusting.” He did note that he found the insults being sent to trans people on social media to be “equally disgusting.”

“Similarly, there continues to be a hideous torrent of abuse towards trans people online and out in the world that is devastating,” Eddie said.

Eddie played a transgender woman in the movie The Danish Girl and he received an Oscar nomination for his performance. He says he has many “trans friends and colleagues” who are “having their human rights challenged around the world and facing discrimination on a daily basis.”

After a six-month break due to the pandemic, Eddie is now back at work on the third Fantastic Beasts movie, which Rowling wrote.

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Harry Potter's Robbie Coltrane (aka Hagrid) Defends JK Rowling Amid Transphobic Statements

JK Rowling has recently made numerous anti-trans statements and she’s now being defended by one of her former Harry Potter co-stars, Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid in all eight films.

“I don’t think what she said was offensive really. I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended,” the 70-year-old actor told Radio Times. “They wouldn’t have won the war, would they? That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, ‘Oh, get over yourself. Wise up, stand up straight and carry on.’”

He then added, “I don’t want to get involved in all of that because of all the hate mail and all that shit, which I don’t need at my time of life”.

Daniel Radcliffe is one of the stars of Harry Potter who condemned JK‘s statements.

Cynthia Nixon Calls JK Rowling's Anti-Trans Tweets 'Baffling'

Cynthia Nixon is opening up about JK Rowling‘s controversial comments about the transgender community in a recent interview.

The 54-year-old actor spoke to The Independent, revealing that her trans son was very hurt by the author’s comments.

“It was really painful for him because so much of his childhood was tied up with Harry Potter,” she shared, speaking of her now 23-year-old son, Seph.

Cynthia continued, “We’re a Harry Potter family. The books seem to be about championing people who are different, so for her to select this one group of people who are obviously different and sort of deny their existence, it’s just…it’s really baffling.”

“I know she feels like she’s standing up for feminism but I don’t get it.”

JK made headlines over the summer months for her comments about the trans community, first voicing her frustrations over an article which said that “gender non-binary persons menstruate.”

Here’s how the Harry Potter stars reacted to her tweets…

J.K. Rowling Returns Award from Kennedy Family After Being Criticized by Kerry Kennedy

J.K. Rowling is returning an award that she received from the Kennedy family last year after she was criticized by Kerry Kennedy.

The “Harry Potter” author received the Ripple of Hope Award from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization in December 2019. Kerry, who is the daughter of the late RFK, is the president of the organization.

Earlier this month, Kerry released a statement to say she had spoken with Rowling about the recent comments she made, which were widely viewed as transphobic.

“Over the course of June 2020 — LGBTQ Pride Month — and much to my dismay, J.K. Rowling posted deeply troubling transphobic tweets and statements,” Kennedy wrote in her statement.

She says she talked with Rowling “to express my profound disappointment that she has chosen to use her remarkable gifts to create a narrative that diminishes the identity of trans and nonbinary people, undermining the validity and integrity of the entire transgender community — one that disproportionately suffers from violence, discrimination, harassment, and exclusion and, as a result, experiences high rates of suicide, suicide attempts, homelessness, and mental and bodily harm. Black trans women and trans youth in particular are targeted.”

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JK Rowling Once Again Speaks Out About the Transgender Community

J.K. Rowling is once again speaking about the transgender community.

The 54-year-old Harry Potter author, who has already received plenty of criticism for voicing anti-trans claims, once again spoke out with her opinions about the trans community in a series of tweets on Sunday (July 5).

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“I’ve ignored fake tweets attributed to me and RTed widely. I’ve ignored porn tweeted at children on a thread about their art. I’ve ignored death and rape threats. I’m not going to ignore this. When you lie about what I believe about mental health medication and when you misrepresent the views of a trans woman for whom I feel nothing but admiration and solidarity, you cross a line,” she wrote.

“When you lie about what I believe about mental health medication and when you misrepresent the views of a trans woman for whom I feel nothing but admiration and solidarity, you cross a line. Many health professionals are concerned that young people struggling with their mental health are being shunted towards hormones and surgery when this may not be in their best interests,” she continued.

“Many, myself included, believe we are watching a new kind of conversion therapy for young gay people, who are being set on a lifelong path of medicalisation that may result in the loss of their fertility and/or full sexual function. These concerns were explored by the recent BBC documentary about the Tavistock Clinic. Whistleblowers were talking about transitions driven by homophobia. As I’ve said many times, transition may be the answer for some. For others, it won’t – witness the accounts of detransitioners. ‘The system sees surgery as the easy fix to girls who do not conform,’” she wrote.

Sophie is a trans woman and a true feminist ally. She was making the point that anti-depressants were over-prescribed to teenagers in the past, with serious consequences. The long-term health risks of cross-sex hormones have been now been tracked over a lengthy period. These side-effects are often minimised or denied by trans activists. Carl Henegan, professor of evidence-based medicine at Oxford University, has described the off-label use of puberty blockers on under-18s as an ‘unregulated live experiment on children’. None of that may trouble you or disturb your belief in your own righteousness. But if so, I can’t pretend I care much about your bad opinion of me.”

The biggest Harry Potter fansites spoke out about JK Rowling‘s beliefs about trans people recently. Here’s what they said…