Eddie Redmayne and Emma Watson Speak Out Against J.K. Rowling’s Anti-Trans Tweets
The Harry Potter stars stood up for trans rights.
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them has been mired in controversy with its casting of Johnny Depp and Ezra Miller, but J.K. Rowling's anti-transgender tweets caught the attention of the series's star, Eddie Redmayne. He issued a statement to Variety, saying that he stands with the trans community and that he's continuing to educate himself on the group's struggles. Along with Redmayne, Harry Potter star Emma Watson also tweeted about the issue.
"Respect for transgender people remains a cultural imperative, and over the years I have been trying to constantly educate myself," Redmayne said in a statement. "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."
He added that he is only speaking for himself, not the trans community as a whole, and acknowledged the violence and abuse that many trans people face in their daily lives.
"I disagree with Jo's comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid," he 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."
Watson echoed his sentiments in a tweet, writing, "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 other tweets, she urged her followers to support trans and LGBTQ+ charities in the U.K.
"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," Watson tweeted. She suggested the organization Mermaids, "one of the UK's leading LGBTQ+ charities," and Mama Cash, "the oldest international feminist fund" that supports "the pioneering and innovative activism of girls, women, trans and intersex people around the world."
Redmayne and Watson's comments come after Harry Potter star Daniel Radcliffe stated that he does not agree with Rowling's tweets. In a post for the Trevor Project, Radcliffe wrote "transgender women are women." Rowling drew criticism over the weekend when she posted about a news story covering healthcare inequality titled, "Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Menstruate."