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Rachel Riley defends JK Rowling from ‘attacks’ on trans rights

Rachel Riley has said that criticism of JK Rowling’s views on trans rights stems from her speaking out “against Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism”.

The countdown expert, who has appeared on the show since 2009, was asked about the backlash Rowling has received in a new interview.

The Harry Potter author has been criticized in recent years for her controversial comments on transgender rights, which began in June 2020 when she cried out the gendered term “people who menstruate”.

“I’m sure there used to be a word for these people,” she wrote, adding, “Somebody help me. whoops? wimpund? woomud?”

While there was a contingent of Twitter users who supported Rowling for her tweet, there were many – including numerous celebrities – who criticized her comment as “anti-trans” and “transphobic,” arguing that she was transgender, non-binary and Being gender non-conforming People can also menstruate.

However, according to Riley, she believes people took this as an opportunity to criticize the author for her past defense of the Jewish community.

she said The times: “I think a lot of the attacks on JK Rowling really stem from her speaking out for Jews and against Jeremy Corbyn and anti-Semitism.”

Riley praised the author’s philanthropic work, adding, “She really changed the world. and [just saying] this will cancel both of us.”

Rachel Riley said that “attacks” on JK Rowling’s trans views stemmed from her defense of the Jewish community

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In 2020, Corbyn expressed “regret” at the pain inflicted on the Jewish community after a surveillance ruling found he had failed to root out anti-Semitism within the Labor Party.

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Riley was recently awarded £10,000 in damages by a High Court judge after he sued Laura Murray, a former assistant to Corbyn, for defamation.

She claimed Murray tarnished her reputation and led to a concerted campaign to have her fired countdown.

Riley added that she received “a lot of abuse” after commenting on the news that Corbyn was hit by eggs thrown by a Brexit supporter while visiting a mosque in Finsbury Park in March 2019.

Riley had shared a screenshot of an unrelated tweet sent by Guardian Columnist Owen Jones, who reads: “I think good life advice is this: If you don’t want eggs thrown at you, don’t be a Nazi.”

JK Rowling has faced criticism for her views on trans rights in recent years

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In response, Murray wrote: “Today Jeremy Corbyn went to his local mosque for Visit My Mosque Day and was attacked by a Brexiteer. Rachel Riley tweets that Corbyn deserves to be violently attacked for being a Nazi. This woman is as dangerous as she is stupid. Nobody should mess with her. Ye.”

Riley later said she was “sarcastic,” adding, “The response to the defendant’s defamation was a concerted attack on me and my career. My career is in the public sector. A concerted campaign was launched to have me fired from my job as someone who had advocated violence.”

https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/tv/news/rachel-riley-jk-rowling-b2079359.html Rachel Riley defends JK Rowling from ‘attacks’ on trans rights

JOE HERNANDEZ

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