JK Rowling returns award from group linked to Kennedy family
LONDON Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says she is returning an award from a human rights group linked to the Kennedy family after the president of the organization criticized her comments about transgender issues. Rowling's decision comes after Kerry Kennedy, the president of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights and the late senator's daughter, published a statement expressing her profound disappointment with the author's comments. The statement incorrectly implied that I was transphobic, and that I am responsible for harm to trans people, Rowling said on her website. Kerry Kennedy joined the criticism this month when she published her statement on the website of RFK Human Rights. Kennedy claimed Rowling's attacks upon the transgender community" were a repudiation of her father's vision.
Writers warn in open letter against threat to free speech
The letter comes amid a debate over so-called cancel culture where prominent people face attack for sharing controversial opinions. The forces of illiberalism are gaining strength throughout the world and have a powerful ally in Donald Trump, who represents a real threat to democracy, the letter said. But resistance must not be allowed to harden into its own brand of dogma or coercionwhich right-wing demagogues are already exploiting. In a series of tweets, Rowling said she supported transgender rights but did not believe in erasing the concept of biological sex. The letter criticized the state of public debate and the swift and severe retribution dealt out to any perceived wrongs.
'Harry Potter' Star Devon Murray Expecting First Child With Girlfriend Shannon McCaffrey
The Harry Potter actor -- who played Hogwarts student Seamus Finnigan in the celebrated film franchise -- announced on Tuesday that his girlfriend, Shannon McCaffrey, is pregnant with their first child. "Baby Murray - 14th of January 2021," Murray captioned the cute pic, revealing his girlfriend's expected due date. The news comes just a few months after Murray's former Harry Potter co-star, Rupert Grint, welcomed a baby girl of his own with longtime love Georgia Groome. "It's also super weird for me to think that we are all of the age where we're having children," he admitted. RELATED CONTENT:Daniel Radcliffe Says Its Super Weird That Harry Potter Co-Star Rupert Grint Is a Dad NowRupert Grint Welcomes Baby Girl With Girlfriend Georgia Groome'Harry Potter' Star Rupert Grint Expecting First Child With Georgia Groome
Sun says JK Rowling article did not glorify domestic abuse
LONDON The Sun newspaper said Friday it did not intend to glorify domestic violence by giving a platform to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowlings ex-husband just days after she revealed she had been a victim of domestic abuse. It also said it had a long history of campaigning against domestic violence. It was certainly not our intention to enable or glorify domestic abuse, our intention was to expose a perpetrators total lack of remorse.'' The article and the headline sparked outrage among campaigners who have long pushed the media to exercise care in reporting on domestic violence. Domestic abuse charity Refuge described the front-page story as being both irresponsible and disappointing.
JK Rowling responds to critics over her transgender comments
LOS ANGELES Harry Potter" creator J.K. Rowling said she refuses to bow down" to criticism about her recent comments on transgender people. Rowling published a lengthy post on her blog website Wednesday in response to the backlash and her concerns over new trans activism." A Harry Potter fan group tweeted its disapproval of Rowlings post and encouraged followers to donate to a group that supports back transgender women. Redmayne, who starred in two Fantastic Beast" films of the Harry Potter prequel series, disagreed with Rowling's comments on Twitter. He joined Radcliffe who also disapproved of Rowlings thoughts on transgender identity.
Eddie Redmayne Speaks Out Against J.K. Rowling's Transphobic Comments
Eddie Redmayne is making his position clear when it comes to J.K. Rowling's recent tweets regarding the transgender community. As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand, he continued. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid. "Transgender women are women," he continued. "I won't be helping to marginalize trans women and men further," she wrote.
Emma Watson Tweets Support for Transgender Community Following J.K. Rowling Backlash
Emma Watson is sending a message to her transgender fans following the backlash J.K. Rowling has received for comments she made this weekend that have been labeled transphobic. Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020The actress continued by sharing that she donates to Mermaids and Mama Cash, two organizations that support gender issues. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. "Transgender women are women," he continued. RELATED CONTENT:J.K. Rowling Defends Her Comments About Transgender WomenEddie Redmayne Speaks Out Against J.K. Rowling's Transphobic CommentsCelebs Slam J.K. Rowling After She's Accused of Transphobic Comments
Daniel Radcliffe, Jonathan Van Ness & More Call Out J.K. Rowling After She's Accused of Transphobic Comments
GLAAD responded to Rowling by urging people to support organizations dedicated to helping black transgender men and women. "Transgender women are women," he continued. "Trans women are women," he tweeted. "Trans Black people & trans non-Black people are discriminated against every single day. Dumezweni played the role of Hermione in the stage play Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, and Leung played Cho Chang in the Harry Potter films.