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JK Rowling Backlash Comes Fast and Furious

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JK Rowling has revealed that she has a history of sexual assault, but has used it to argue against the rights of trans women to use single sex spaces. Rowling spoke out about her history of sexual assault and an abusive relationship in an essay defending her “gender critical” anti-trans views. Full Story

The response to the latest round of Rowling ravings has been fast and furious:

Emma Watson restored the eroding hopes of Harry Potter fans Wednesday night (June 10) when she shattered her dayslong silence towards JK Rowling and her tirade of anti-trans tweets. While the British author of the beloved children’s series issued a meandering essay that nobody asked for on her opinions towards trans rights – many based not on empirical evidence or fact – Watson’s take on trans rights was sweet and to the point. Full Story

Actor James Urbaniak delivered a stunning rebuke to JK Rowling after the author publicised her anti-trans views. The American actor, who is known for his roles in The Office and Difficult People, slammed the Harry Potter author on Twitter after she published a lengthy essay on the topic and detailed her arguments on trans people using bathrooms. Full Story

Indya Moore led a procession of Pose stars condemning JK Rowling for her tirade of anti-trans tweets Wednesday afternoon (June 10) , with the cast calling her views “dumb”, “harmful”, “not necessary” and “damaging”. Moore admitted they’re “not surprised” at the Harry Potter author’s “stupid” comments on sex and gender in relation to trans folk. Full Story

Harry Potter actor Noma Dumezweni responded to JK Rowling’s essay on trans people by calling for people to understand why it has upset and angered the community and its allies. Dumezweni, the Black British actor who originated the role of Hermione in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child to much fanfare, was one of many stars of the franchise to weigh in on JK Rowling’s newly-emboldened stance against trans rights. Full Story

The Body Shop – yes, that skincare retailer that sells vitamin C liquid peels and ginger anti-dandruff shampoo – is the latest to lampoon JK Rowling for her torrent of anti-trans tweets. When a cruelty-free cosmetic store is doing more for trans rights than most Conservative Party lawmakers and the US president, you know something is seriously up with the world. Full Story

Harry Potter actor Bonnie Wright is the latest of the franchise’s stars to defend trans people after JK Rowling made her latest ‘gender critical’ tirade. Wright, who played Ginny Weasley in the film series, ended days of silence on the subject last night with a simple but effective tweet. Full Story

A trans EastEnders actor has said JK Rowling is “invalidating the identity of people who look up to her” – but said she should only apologise if she actually means it. Riley Carter, who played Kyle Slater on the BBC soap, made his comments during an appearance on Loose Women yesterday (June 9). Full Story

Eddie Redmayne has become the latest actor from JK Rowling’s Wizarding World to take a stand against the author’s views on trans people. As outrage builds over the author’s statements on trans people, Redmayne – who plays Newt Scamander in Rowling’s Harry Potter prequel series Fantastic Beasts – was moved to make a public statement denouncing her views. Full Story

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