Emma Watson comments on JK Rowling's controversial tweet: Trans people are who they say they are

WION Web Team
New Delhi Published: Jun 11, 2020, 12:10 PM(IST)

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JK Rowling's tweet over an article about 'people who menstruate' has been a point of discussion this past week with most calling the author 'transphobic'.

JK Rowling's tweet over an article about 'people who menstruate' has been a point of discussion this past week with most calling the author 'transphobic'.  A day after her tweet went viral, 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe had weighed in and spoken in support of the transgender community. Now, his co-star from the film, actress Emma Watson too has weighed in on the controversy.

In a series of tweets, Watson has shown support to the community and said, "Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are," the 30-year-old actress wrote.

"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."

Watson then added she donates to a pair of charities -- Mermaids and Mama Cash -- that support transgender individuals.

"Happy #PRIDE2020," she concluded. "Sending love x."

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Agreeing with Radcliffe and Watson, Oscar-winning actor Eddie Redmayne too spoke out in support of the transgender community. Redmayne who is part of the 'Fantastic Beasts' films written by Rowling- disagreed with her and said, "Respect for transgender people remains a cultural imperative, and over the years I have been trying to constantly educate myself,” Redmayne told Variety. “This is an ongoing process. As someone who has worked with both JK Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand. I disagree with Jo’s comments."

Rowling on Wednesday tried to defend her tweets and wrote a powerful essay about her troubled past where she was subjected to domestic abuse and reasoned as to why she spoke in favour of women.

 

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