In a recent statement that published for the Trevor Project on Monday, Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe revealed what he thinks about the book’s author J.K. Rowling after she tweeted her opinions about gender identity.
Rowling tweeted out several tweets that seemed to ignore the distinction between sex and gender. She was harshly criticized by many people although she apologized after these tweets. Here’s the tweet of Rowling.
“People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.”
In Radcliffe’s article for the Trevor Project, he knew that he would risk the relationship between himself and the author. However, he never concealed his own thoughts and stated that he is sorry for the unfortunate explanation of the author.
Here’s what Harry Potter star penned:
“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 than either Jo or I.
According to The Trevor Project, 78 percent of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm. I am still learning how to be a better ally.
Radcliffe encouraged Harry Potter fans not to disappoint after seeing Rowling’s comments:
“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. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you.
“If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life — then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred. And in my opinion, nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much.”
Click here for the source of the statement.