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Page 16 | Celeb supporters of jkr(388 Posts)
Can we have a thread on celebs that have come out with supportive messages for jk rowling? The ones i have seen so far:
Jonathan Ross (although a shit house scared of his daughters)
Mary Peters in The Times. Sorry, I don't have a share token.
Andrew Doyle (Titania McGrath) on Sky News.
(Video is in the Twitter link).
Hollywood is indeed very woke. And very hypocritical. And very removed from normal life.
So I'm not at all surprised that the celebrities mentioned in this thread are "a bit D-list", as someone so sneeringly put it. Or that they sound like normal people who have actually put some thought into this.
Julia Roberts is never going to have to use one of those "gender neutral bathrooms" she's so looking forward to in Middlesbrough McDonald's, is she? Or know anybody who will.
I found the Andrew Doyle interview helpful as a short succinct summary so decided to transcribe it. Its his Sky interview here: twitter.com/andrewdoyle_com/status/1299713642229829632
ANDREW DOYLE Yes you will have seen JK Rowling in the press a number of times over the past few months surrounding this issue. The latest development is that she has returned an award that she was given last year, this was the Ripple of Hope honour by the Robert F Kennedy Foundation emmm and what has happened is that the President of that foundation, Kerry Kennedy who is the daughter of Robert Kennedy has said that JK Rowling is effectively transphobic , that she has expressed views that diminish the identity of transpeople. This is an absolutely shameful accusation . I have to say that I have never seen anyone more misrepresented generally speaking than JK Rowling over the past couple of months, and if anyone is actually interested in what she generally believes, they can read JK Rowling’s very sensitive and compassionate blog post that she published a couple of months and she outlined her concerns. And what she is saying is that she is concerned about women’s rights. She is worried that single sex spaces can be compromised if someone can simply identify as a woman, and all of this is coming out of her experience as a victim of domestic abuse and she believes that biological sex is a reality. These are all legitimate positions to hold , not only that, they are the positions of most people in the country, but what is happening is a very small group..
INTERRUPTED BY INTERVIEWER
INTERVIEWER: To be fair Andrew, to be fair she has really upset a lot of transgender people in this country, who feel absolutely undermined by what she has said
ANDREW DOYLE I actually disagree with that. A lot of the support that has come out for Rowling has come from transpeople themselves and they don’t like the fact that transpeople are being smeared by this small group of very aggressive activists who, I’m afraid to say, have expressed extreme misogyny towards JK Rowling. I’ve seen a lot of the abuse that’s being going on . A lot of it does come from a place of misogyny , and as Blaire White, the American trans writer has pointed out, transpeople are sick of it and they don’t like these attacks that are going on, particularly the misogynistic abuse. And I think JK Rowling has been extremely courageous , standing up for her principles, refusing to be bullied, refusing to be silenced and I think we should all take a leaf out of that book, and I don’t like the fact that she has been misrepresented and I think it’s unfair
Not exactly JKR support but certainly related. The context is a conservative ad which points out liberal/democrat extremism.
Here is Alley's response to the inevitable cry of transphobia that it elicits:
'Bullshit! An adult deciding on a sex change operation after puberty and a child getting a sex change operation are two entirely different situations. Nothing to do with Transphobia.. EVERYTHING to do with the well being of minors.'
Just adding this here. Really pleased to see some of the names added to this letter
Also Robbie Coltrane (a.k.a. Hagrid himself) and Brian Cox the actor.
He hasn't come out specifically for JKR, but I just happened across this speech by Rowan Atkinson on Free Speech, and it's brilliant. I think he's a silent supporter; it's from 2018, but particularly valid today.
It's really good.
John Cleese just tweeted his criticism of those who viciously attacked JKR (specifically for her latest book).
Tony Robinson has tweeted that he would have been happy to sign the letter in support of jkr.
Anthony Horowitz saying that he’d signed the letter in support but his name wasn’t added...
Michelle Trachtenberg perhaps?
On the day of JKR's tweet she posted on Instagram a signed copy of her Harry Potter book signed by Joss Whedon. She later edited her post to say it had no deeper meaning, that she just so happened to find the book that day and she essentially told people to stop giving her shit for posting it.
Although not necessarily an active show of support, she didn't throw JKR under the bus or delete the post, as a lot of others would have. I'm also inclined to believe it may not have been a coincidence that she posted the picture on that day.