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‘Fantastic Beasts’ Star Eddie Redmayne ‘Disagrees’ With J.K. Rowling’s Anti-Trans Comments

Not OK. Eddie Redmayne, who stars as the lead in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, has responded to author J.K. Rowling‘s anti-trans tweets — and made it perfectly clear that her opinion does not reflect his.

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“Respect for transgender people remains a cultural imperative, and over the years I have been trying to constantly educate myself,” Redmayne, 38, said in a statement obtained by Us Weekly. “This is an ongoing process. 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. I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid.”

The Danish Girl actor continued: “I would never want to speak on behalf of the community but I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse. They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it’s time to let them do so.”

Fantastic Beasts Eddie Redmayne Speaks Out After JK Rowling Comments
Eddie Redmayne and J.K. Rowling. Evan Agostini/Invision/AP/Shutterstock; David Fisher/Shutterstock

The Harry Potter creator, 54, came under fire on Saturday, June 6, after sharing an article titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” She also added, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”

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When people began responding, she continued her commentary.

“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” the screenwriter tweeted. “The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women – ie, to male violence – ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences – is a nonsense. I respect every trans person’s right to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were discriminated against on the basis of being trans. At the same time, my life has been shaped by being female. I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”

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In addition to celebrities including Sarah Paulson, Daniel Radcliffe and many more reacting, GLAAD also responded.

“If you want to direct your rightful anger over JK Rowling’s latest anti-trans comments into something positive, support orgs that help Black trans people like @MPJInstitute, @blacktransusa, @TransJusticeFP, @Genderintell and @ukblackpride,” the official account tweeted. “JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people. We stand with trans youth, especially those Harry Potter fans hurt by her inaccurate and cruel tweets.”

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