Daniel Radcliffe counters JK Rowling with 'transgender women are women', fans call him a 'f***ing legend'
JK Rowling has been incessantly slammed for her "anti-trans" tweets after she penned down an opinion article and posted it on Twitter, "‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" Slamming her for being insensitive, people ushered tweets like, "That's interesting, because I have endometriosis and an IUD in place to treat it, and therefore, I no longer menstruate. I haven't had a menstrual cycle since early high school, and I'm 21. I guess I'm not a woman anymore?" and bashed her for equating one's sex organs with gender identity and being a woman with menstruating. Since then, she has shared a string of tweets, but all in vain.
Daniel Radcliffe, the actor who played the lead in 'Harry Potter' movies, responded to her tweets in a lengthy letter for the Trevor Project. Clarifying that it is not an "in-fighting between JK Rowling and myself," he said, "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 added, "We need to do more to support transgender & nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm."
Addressing the Potterheads, he said, "To all the people who now feel that their experience of the books has been tarnished or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused you. I really hope that you don’t entirely lose what was valuable in these stories to you. If these books taught you that love is the strongest force in the universe, capable of overcoming anything; if they taught you that strength is found in diversity, and that dogmatic ideas of pureness lead to the oppression of vulnerable groups; if you believe that a particular character is trans, nonbinary, 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. And in my opinion, nobody can touch that. It means to you what it means to you and I hope that these comments will not taint that too much."
No sooner did the letter surface on social media, fans have been pouring out their love for the actor. "I love you so much Daniel Radcliffe," one tweet read and another said, "Say it with me. Daniel Radcliffe is the author of Harry Potter." Another said, "Daniel Radcliffe’s response to JK Rowling’s tweets, now this is a good human being." One went on to say, "Daniel Radcliffe calling out JK Rowling on her bulls**t is big d**k energy," and another posted, "DANIEL RADCLIFFE IS A F***ING LEGEND WE LOVE TO SEE IT." Another wrote, "Daniel Radcliffe's now-viral letter is damned good writing, and I mean that in the classical sense, in that it comes from a damned good place, in addition to being well said. When good people speak well, like Radcliffe and Kimberly Jones do, it's a freaking superpower."