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J.K. Rowling won’t forgive Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson for supporting trans rights

J.K. Rowling continues to dig in her heels with her polarizing position on the transgender community.

This time, the bestselling British author — considered “one of the most famous transphobic writers in the world” — took aim at “Harry Potter” stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, suggesting she won’t forgive them for supporting trans rights.

A self-described TERF (an acronym for trans-exclusionary radical feminist), Rowling took to social media on Wednesday to share what she referred to as “the most robust review of the medical evidence for transitioning children that’s ever been conducted.”

“There [need to be] proper checks and balances in place before autistic, gay and abused kids — groups that are all overrepresented at gender clinics — are left sterilised, inorgasmic, lifelong patients,” she wrote of gender-affirming care, labeling it “medical malpractice.”

“Kids have been irreversibly harmed,” she continued. “And thousands are complicit, not just medics, but the celebrity mouthpieces, unquestioning media and cynical corporation.”

As could be expected, a like-minded follower egged Rowling on, writing in a series of tweets: “Just waiting for Dan and Emma to give you a very public apology … safe in the knowledge that you will forgive them,” referring to the actors who became household names in the film adaptations of Rowling’s novels.

“Not safe, I’m afraid,” Rowling replied. “Celebs who cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women’s hard-won rights and who used their platforms to cheer on the transitioning of minors can save their apologies for traumatised detransitioners and vulnerable women reliant on single sex spaces.”

Radcliffe and Watson are among the films’ castmates who spoke out against Rowling in 2020 after she mocked a headline with the phrase “people who menstruate.”

“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote in an open letter addressing the remarks. “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.”

Watson meanwhile took to Twitter to write, in part: “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.”

Rowling previously said she would “happily” serve time in prison for her anti-trans views.

Last month, she was reported to police for intentionally misgendering British TV broadcaster India Willoughby, which the latter likened to a hate crime.

A Northumbria Police spokesperson confirmed “a complaint about a post on social media” had been filed, but revealed after review that it “did not meet the criminal threshold.”


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