Daniel Radcliffe has spoken out against JK Rowling’s controversial tweets about gender.
Radcliffe, who famously played Harry Potter in the film adaptations of Rowling’s much-loved books, explained that he hopes her comments won’t "taint" the franchise for fans.
“Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people,” he wrote. Radcliffe has worked closely with The Trevor Project over the last decade.
The actor continued by apologising to anyone whose "experience of the [Harry Potter] books has been tarnished".
"If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe... that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, non-binary, 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," he wrote.
"I hope that these comments will not taint that too much."
Over the weekend, Rowling had tweeted about an article that discussed “people who menstruate”.
“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” she wrote.
Despite being called transphobic in response to her comments, the author stood by them, stating that it “isn’t hate to speak the truth”.
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.— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
Radcliffe commented that it's important not to "invalidate" transgender people's identities and "cause further harm".
"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 than either Jo or I."
The actor also emphasised that he didn't want his comments to be perceived as "in-fighting" between himself and JK Rowling, or for that to detract from his message.
"I realise that certain press outlets will probably want to paint this as in-fighting between JK Rowling and myself, but that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now," he said. "While Jo is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken, as someone who has been honoured to work with and continues to contribute to The Trevor Project for the last decade, and just as a human being, I feel compelled to say something at this moment."
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