This Wednesday (10), same date that Rowling released a long text in her defense on the internet, Hermione’s theatrical interpreter sent a message to trans people. “They are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or informed that they are not who they say they are”, started.
“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”, published on his personal Twitter. The star also announced that he has donated cash to two entities that support the LGBTQ + community in the UK.
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.
– Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020
Actor Eddie Redmayne, the protagonist of the “Fantastic Animals” franchise, gave an interview to Variety magazine and spoke about the subject. “Respect for trans people remains a cultural imperative and, over the years, I have been trying to educate myself constantly. This is an ongoing process. As someone who worked with J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear [meu posicionamento]. I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid ”, he stated.
“I would never like to speak on behalf of the community, but I know that my dear friends and transgender colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which often results in violence and abuse. They just want to live their lives in peace, and it’s time to let them do it ”, finished.
Evanna Lynch, responsible for bringing the character Luna Lovegood to life in the saga “Harry Potter”, published a message on her Twitter for fans. “I wanted to stay out of the comments of JKR’s tweets, because it seems impossible to address this issue on Twitter, but I am very sad to see trans people feeling abandoned by the HP community, so here are my thoughts”, he declared.
“I imagine that being trans and learning to accept and love yourself is already quite challenging, and we, as a society, should not increase this pain. Feeling that you do not fit in or are not accepted because you are the worst and most lonely feeling that a human being can experience, and I will not help marginalize even more trans women and men. ”, said.
The star also recalled that we are precisely in the month that LGBTQ + Pride is celebrated. Therefore, transsexual people should be “applauded for their bravery” and heard about the difficulties they are experiencing. She pointed out how the platform was a complex place to discuss the issue in the profound way that is needed. “Personally, I don’t think Twitter is the right place to have this very complex conversation and we should be reading articles and memoirs, listening to podcasts and having long conversations”he explained.
“I find it irresponsible to discuss such a sensitive topic on Twitter through fragmented thoughts and I wish Jo didn’t do it”, completed. Evanna criticized Rowling’s hasty “cancellation”, saying that the author is a “generous and loving” woman. “I don’t agree with her opinion that cis women are the most vulnerable minority in this situation and I think she is on the wrong side of this debate. But that does not mean that she has completely lost humanity ”, he argued.
Lynch ended by saying how sorry he was that the world is not a place that welcomes the way trans people should. “I’m sorry for all the trans people who feel they have been ignored, or that this community is no longer that safe place. The Harry Potter world / fandom / community is literally made up of millions of people now and I will work to make it seem inclusive, because trans women are women ”, said.
Here are my thoughts. Sending love to all. ❤️💜💗🧡💛💚🤎🖤🤍 pic.twitter.com/P30YHfnzBN
– Evanna Lynch (@Evy_Lynch) June 9, 2020
Understand the case
It all started on Saturday (6), when the author of the “Harry Potter” books commented on an article on a website, entitled “Creating a more equal post-Covid-19 world for menstruating people”. “‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for these people. Somebody help me. Wumbem? Wimpund? Woomud? (translation note: purposeful variations of the word ‘woman’, which means woman in English)“, wrote Rowling, on his Twitter.
Many netizens were bothered by the writer’s publication, confusing sex with gender, and pointed out that transsexual men and non-binary people can also menstruate. After the repercussions, J.K. criticized the idea that someone’s biological sex is not real.
“If sex is not real, then there is no attraction to the same sex. If sex is not real, the reality experienced by women around the world is erased. I know and love trans people, but excluding the concept of sex removes the ability of many to discuss their lives in meaningful ways. It is not hate to speak the truth ”, he declared.
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
The writer said she was empathetic to trans women, but insisted on the idea that someone’s biological sex was gender-related. “The idea that women like me, who have been empathetic to transgender people for decades, identifying themselves because they [mulheres trans] are vulnerable in the same way that women [cis] – that is, male violence -, ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and have experienced the consequences – it is absurd ”, shot.
“I respect the right of all trans people to live in a way that is authentic and comfortable for them. I would march in protests with you if you were discriminated against for being trans people. At the same time, my life was cut short because I was a woman. I do not believe that to say this is to spread hate ”, finished.
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 hateful to say so.
– J.K.Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020