The 70-year-old said he stands behind Rowling who has been condemned in an ongoing row where she claimed transgender women are not real women.
Actor Robbie Coltrane who portrayed the character of Hagrid in the hit Harry Potter movie series has come to J.K. Rowling's defense. While the author has been castigated globally for her controversial stance on the transgender community, Coltrane sided with her and said that people are just "waiting to be offended." The 70-year-old said he stands behind Rowling who has been condemned in an ongoing row where she claimed transgender women are not real women. "I don’t think what she said was offensive really. I don’t know why but there’s a whole Twitter generation of people who hang around waiting to be offended," said Coltrane.
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
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"They wouldn’t have won the war, would they? That’s me talking like a grumpy old man, but you just think, 'Oh, get over yourself. Wise up, stand up straight and carry on,'" he told Radio Times. When asked to comment further, Coltrane refused and said, "I don’t want to get involved in all of that because of all the hate mail and all that shit, which I don’t need at my time of life." Previously, Rowling published a long essay where she opened up about being sexually assaulted in her twenties and finally responded to the accusations of being transphobic.
In the piece titled 'J.K. Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues,' she described her first marriage to Portuguese journalism student Jorge Arantas as 'violent,' although she did not identify him. In her lengthy essay, Rowling noted that she wasn't revealing the truth about her past to "garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who’ve been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces." She goes on to reveal, "I managed to escape my first violent marriage with some difficulty, but I’m now married to a truly good and principled man, safe and secure in ways I never in a million years expected to be. However, the scars left by violence and sexual assault don’t disappear, no matter how loved you are, and no matter how much money you’ve made."
Those women who no longer menstruate for a variety of reasons, according to her are not women because they don't.— CaliforniaProle #WearADamnMask (@Yankee_Ram) September 15, 2020
"On Saturday morning, I read that the Scottish government is proceeding with its controversial gender recognition plans, which will in effect mean that all a man needs to ‘become a woman’ is to say he’s one. To use a very contemporary word, I was ‘triggered,'" she continued referring to her controversial tweet on Saturday. "Ground down by the relentless attacks from trans activists on social media, when I was only there to give children feedback about pictures they’d drawn for my book under lockdown, I spent much of Saturday in a very dark place inside my head, as memories of a serious sexual assault I suffered in my twenties recurred on a loop. That assault happened at a time and in a space where I was vulnerable, and a man capitalised on an opportunity. I couldn’t shut out those memories and I was finding it hard to contain my anger and disappointment about the way I believe my government is playing fast and loose with womens and girls’ safety."
If Harry Potter was a source of love and belonging for you, that love is infinite and there to take without judgment or question. Transwomen are Women. I see and love you, Bonnie x— Bonnie Wright (@thisisbwright) June 10, 2020
Although Coltrane showed his support for Rowling, the rest of the Harry Potter cast has been vocal about their disagreement with her stance. In a previous statement Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe too released a statement. "Transgender women are women. 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 wrote in a post published by The Trevor Project. Emma Watson who played Hermione Granger tweeted: Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are. In a follow up post she wrote: 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.