‘Harry Potter’ Actor Daniel Radcliffe Rebukes Rowling’s Transphobic Tweet

Daniel Radcliffe criticised the usage of the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ in an article last weekend, leading to widespread criticism.

Daniel Radcliffe criticised the usage of the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ in an article last weekend, leading to widespread criticism.
Daniel Radcliffe. Picture Courtesy Of Insider

Daniel Radcliffe criticised the usage of the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ in an article last weekend, leading to widespread criticism.

British actor Daniel Radcliffe best known for playing Harry Potter in the Harry Potter film series, has apologised to any fans of the book franchise offended by comments from author JK Rowling which have been criticised as insensitive to the transgender community.

The 30-year-old actor sparked controversy and accusations of transphobia last weekend in a Twitter post about an article on menstrual health during the Covid-19 pandemic.

Quoting a reference in the article to “people who menstruate”, Rowling wrote: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

On Monday, Radcliffe wrote a post saying “Transgender women are women” on the website of The Trevor Project, a lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and questioning (LGBTQ) suicide prevention organisation.”

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“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 added, referring to Rowling’s first name Joanne.

Radcliffe further went on to apologise to any Harry Potter fans offended by 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.”

He emphasised that his intervention was not about in-fighting between him and JK Rowling, noting that the writer was unquestionably responsible for the course his life has taken.

Radcliffe however added that “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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Rowling has persuasively defended herself amid the furore over her post.

She stated on Twitter: “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.”

Rowling had previously faced accusations of being transphobic in December when she voiced support for a researcher who was sacked after tweeting that transgender people cannot change their biological sex.

 

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