JK Rowling says she doesn’t consider herself “cancelled” amid backlash from Harry Potter stars over the trans view

JK Rowling has said she “doesn’t consider herself canceled” after criticism of her trans views.

In recent years, Rowling has been a critic of gender ideology and, as she puts it, “women’s gender rights”.

The author’s well-documented views have drawn heavy criticism Harry Potter Stars including Daniel Radcliffe, who wrote an open letter denouncing her views, and Katie Leung.

Hermione actress Emma Watson also appears to have addressed the issue at the Baftas earlier this year, telling the crowd she was “here for all the witches.”

However, in a new interview, Rowling has stated, “I don’t consider myself canceled.”

she said Letters from Susan: “The only time I’ve ever hinted at a cancellation was when I was selling my books. Why am I laughing at all? I can’t believe I’m saying these words. But you have to mock them.”

The backlash against the author, who has set up a new support center for female survivors of sexual violence in Edinburgh and the Lothians, appeared to have started in June 2020 after the author highlighted the use of the phrase “people who are menstruating” in an article.

She wrote: “I’m sure there used to be a word for these people. someone help me whoops? wimpund? woomud?”

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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 trans men are non-binary and non-gendered conformed people can also menstruate.

In the new interview, Rowling said, “I don’t have any irrational fear or hatred of trans people at all — like god knows I’ve said it so many times.”

Earlier this year, Ralph Fiennes defended Rowling from death threats she received in response to her views, while Helena Bonham told Carter: “I think so [Rowling] was rushed. It was taken to the extreme, people’s powers of judgment. She allowed her opinion, especially when she suffered abuse.”

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