Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been embroiled in controversy with the cast of Johnny Depp and Ezra Miller, but J.K. Rowling’s anti-transgender tweets caught the attention of series star Eddie Redmayne. He issued a statement to Variety, saying that he is with the trans community and that he continues to educate himself on the group’s struggles. Along with Redmayne, Harry Potter star Emma Watson also tweeted about it.
“Respect for transgender people continues to be a cultural imperative and, over the years, I have been constantly trying to educate myself,” Redmayne said in a statement. “This is an ongoing process. As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make absolutely clear what my position is.”
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He added that he is only speaking for himself, not for the trans community as a whole, and acknowledged the violence and abuse that many trans people face in their daily lives.
“I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men, and non-binary identities are valid,” she continued. “I would never want to speak on behalf of the community, but I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which often results in violence and abuse. They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it is time to let them do it. ”
Watson echoed their feelings in a tweet, writing: “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told that they are not who they say they are.” In other tweets, he urged his followers to support trans and LGBTQ + charities in the UK.
“I want my trans followers to know that I and many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are,” Watson tweeted. She suggested Mermaids, “one of the UK’s leading LGBTQ + charities”, and Mama Cash, “the oldest international feminist fund” that supports “pioneering and innovative activism for girls, women, trans and intersex people around the world”.
Redmayne and Watson’s comments come after Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe stated that he disagrees with Rowling’s tweets. In a post for Project Trevor, Radcliffe wrote “transgender women are women.” Rowling was criticized over the weekend when she published a story about health care inequality titled, “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for menstruating people.”