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J.K. Rowling Faces Immense Backlash For Transphobic Tweet, Harry Potter Calls Her Out

J.K. Rowling Faces Immense Backlash For Transphobic Tweet, Harry Potter Calls Her Out

Rowling had tweeted: "'People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" after reading an opinion piece

J.K. Rowling, the creator of one of the world's biggest book franchises, the Harry Potter series, has been accused of making transphobic comments multiple times over the last few years. The veteran wordsmith faced the ire of the Twitterati yet again over the weekend for making insensitive comments on trans people. Rowling shared an opinion piece on Twitter with the title “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” Annoyed by the wording, she responded saying, 'People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? 

 



 

 

 



 

 

Previously, Rowling was criticized for being a Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist (TERF) six months ago after she stood in support of a researcher who lost her job due to a series of transphobic tweets. The ace writer had faced criticism then and continues to do so now. As the world continues to battle through a pandemic and the rampant issue of racism, Rowling's tweets have shown us that there are inequalities all over the world. Users from all over denounced her for seeming to define a woman as a person with a menstrual cycle and sex organs as the defining factors behind gender identity. As a celebrity with a fan following that includes people who identify as women, including a trans woman, who may or may not menstruate, things certainly didn't go too well for her.



 

 

Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who brought Rowling's character Harry Potter to life, stood in support of the trans people and said he hoped her statements wouldn't 'taint' the books and movies for all the trans people out there. According to BBC, the actor issued a statement to an LGBT suicide prevention website and said,  "Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people." Writing on The Trevor Project's website, Radcliffe added: "If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe... that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, non-binary, or gender fluid, or that they are gay or bisexual; if you found anything in these stories that resonated with you and helped you at any time in your life - then that is between you and the book that you read, and it is sacred."

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