Everyone should learn from how Daniel Radcliffe responded to JK Rowling’s ‘transphobic’ tweet

Taking a stand without unnecessary personal digs and #cancelldtculture? That’s hot.

Superstar author JK Rowling recently went under fire yet again, for another one of her controversial opinionated tweets. The tweet which she published on Sunday, June 7, 2020, outraged a lot of fans, some even going so far as to call it ‘transphobic’.

In the tweet, Rowling was sharing an article which headline had the subject ‘people who menstruate’ to which the author commented: “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? ”

This was supposedly a jab at gender identity and political correctness that had angered and hurt a lot of fans and non-fans alike.

Rather than issuing an apology for the hurt she had caused, Rowling further defended herself in a thread of tweets published a few hours later in which the author was furthering her stance on transgender people being considered women and how their erasing of the line between sex and gender “removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives.”

As part of the thread, Rowling, however, swore that she would stand together with trans people if their rights were in any way abused but she thinks that disagreeing with them on the issue of sex and gender is not a hateful act.

JK Rowling continues to publish tweets in defense of her stance as the outrage against her continues with tweets ever-fuelling to the trending and infamous twitter format for ‘cancelled’ folks “#JKRowlingIsOverParty”

A meaningful clapback from the boy who lived

In comes Daniel Radcliffe’s response published on the Trevor Project’s website on Monday, June 8, 2020 where the Harry Potter star who sees Rowling as “(someone who) is unquestionably responsible for the course my life has taken,” begins by saying he does not want his response to be “painted as an in-fighting” between them.

The star then proceeds with his piece saying “Transgender women are women,” defining his stand as clear as day. “Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations,” he goes on to say.

photo sourced from BBC News

As a contributor to The Trevor Project over the past decade Radcliffe offers, “ According to The Trevor Project, 78% of transgender and nonbinary youth reported being the subject of discrimination due to their gender identity. It’s clear that we need to do more to support transgender and nonbinary people, not invalidate their identities, and not cause further harm.”

Admittedly as an ally of the LGBTQIA+ community, Radcliffe admits he has a ways away to go and invites all others willing to better educate themselves as well in learning about transgender people and nonbinary identities to follow a guide published by The Trevor Project.

Aside from taking a stand against Rowling’s views in the essay, Radcliffe apologized to all who have been hurt by these kinds of comments and urges them to take inspiration from the novel-series-turned-blockbuster-franchise, Harry Potter, and that “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.”

What do you think? Was JK Rowling’s tweet justified? Did Daniel Radcliffe use his platform well?

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