AceShowbiz - Daniel Radcliffe may forever be indebted to J.K. Rowling for his career breakthrough, but he doesn't hesitate to disagree with her. The British actor has responded after the "Harry Potter" author was condemned for her anti-trans tweets.
"Transgender women are women," the 30-year-old star says in a statement on the Trevor Project web site, showing his stance against Rowling's. Without mentioning the 54-year-old screenwriter's name, he continues, "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."
He goes on supporting the trans community, "According to The Trevor Project, 78% 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."
Radcliffe's statement is in response to Rowling's controversial tweets, in which she argued that discussion of gender identity invalidates biological sex. "If sex isn't real, there's no same-sex attraction. If sex isn't real, the lived reality of women globally is erased," she tweeted.
"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," she insisted. "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."
Rowling added, "I respect every trans person's right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I'd march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it's hateful to say so."
The author's tweets earned her a bunch of criticism, with activist Ben O'Keefe responding, "This woman is complete scum. Shut the f**k up you transphobic f**k. You don't know or love any trans people if you won't even acknowledge their existence. Thanks for ruining the books of my childhood. Just stop talking. We know you're a TERF (trans-exclusionary radical feminist). You don't need to keep doing this." Sarah Paulson agreed, replying, "Word. Goodnight and shut up @jk_rowling."
Whitney Cummings weighed in, "All these trans friends JK Rowlings (sic) says she has must be exhausted," while Rachel Zegler simply said, "That's transphobic."