Connect with us

Warner Bros. Addresses J.K. Rowling ‘transphobia’ row

Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock


Warner Bros. Addresses J.K. Rowling ‘transphobia’ row


After JK Rowling was accused of being transphobic, Warner Bros, the Hollywood company behind the blockbuster Harry Potter films, has finally reacted to the issue.

In a statement, the corporation said, “The events in the last several weeks have firmed our resolve as a company to confront difficult societal issues.” “Warner Bros.’ position on inclusiveness is well established, and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture has never been more important to our company and to our audiences around the world. We deeply value the work of our storytellers who give so much of themselves in sharing their creations with us all. We recognize our responsibility to foster empathy and advocate understanding of all communities and all people, particularly those we work with and those we reach through our content.”

On Saturday, Rowling posted a sequence of thoughts in which she said that women should be identified by their biological sex rather than their gender identification.

Rowling said on her website, “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction.” “If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”

“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 — ie, to male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense.”

Harry Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, and Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne all spoke out against the comments, defending gender identity and trans rights.


GLAAD tweeted, ‘JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans.’ ‘In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people.’

The LGBTQ community and allies reacted angrily to Rowling’s remarks on social media, saying she was arguing against her own message of inclusion and empathy contained in many “Harry Potter” novels.

The outrage grew to the point that “Harry Potter” actor Daniel Radcliffe issued a long statement in favor of trans identity and rights, clearly contradicting Rowling’s stance.

Radcliffe said on Facebook, “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 …”

‘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,’ Radcliffe said of the author who made him famous.

“As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand,” Redmayne stated in an exclusive statement to Variety on Wednesday. “I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid.”

Rowling responded with a long article on her website, defending and expounding on her trans beliefs in reaction to the controversy.

“I forgot the first rule of Twitter – never, ever expect a nuanced conversation – and reacted to what I felt was degrading language about women. I spoke up about the importance of sex and have been paying the price ever since,” writes Rowling

While Rowling said that “trans rights are human rights,” that “trans lives matter,” and that she wants “trans women to be safe,” she also stated that sex identification is unchangeable, and that trans activists’ attempts to define womanhood by gender identity will erode the rights of cisgender women.

Rowling also mentioned a sexual assault she had in her twenties in her article, which she claimed she had never addressed publicly before. Rowling said that news that Scotland was going ahead with “controversial gender recognition plans” “triggered” her, and she decided to post her trans identity tweets while in “a very dark place” when flashbacks of her assault kept repeating in her mind.

Popular Posts:



Click to comment

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

New Stories

Trending now

Popular Articles

Most Popular:

To Top