Robbie Coltrane, the actor who portrays Rubeus Hagrid in the Harry potter films, has taken a stand against JK Rowling’s critics, calling them “to wait to be offended.”
In an interview seen by New roses with The Radio Times, Coltrane defends Rowling in stark contrast to other wizarding world veterans like Harry potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Eddie redmayne, among others.
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What did Coltrane say about Rowling?
Coltrane spoke to the Radio Times and defended Rowling wholeheartedly. He didn’t speak at all about his own views on what some are calling transphobic statements and instead focused on the public reaction to Rowling’s comments.
Here’s what Coltrane had to say about what he calls the “Twitter generation”:
“I don’t think what she said was really offensive… I don’t know why, but there is a whole generation of Twitter lying around waiting to be offended. They wouldn’t have won the war, would they? It’s me talking like a cranky old man, but you just think, ‘Oh, get over yourself. Wise, stand up straight and keep going. ”
Coltrane said he did not want to talk more about the matter “Because of all the hate mail and all the shit I don’t need in my day.”
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What did JK Rowling say?
Rowling has been criticized – largely by those who idolized her – for her comments on the gender legitimacy of trans people. She first made a joke about the packaging that referred to “menstruating people.” This was seen as offensive to transgender people as it delegitimized and marginalized them further.
From there, Rowling quickly snowballed into huge controversy by responding with Tweet after Tweet about sex and trans people, though it did nothing to deter her detractors. Rowling even drew criticism from many actors who rose to fame portraying characters from the Harry potter films that she created.
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It was subsequently reported that sales of Harry potter the books had dropped since Rowling’s comments on trans people. Many young people saw and continue to see Rowling’s comments as a betrayal of the progressive moment. In the past, Rowling has claimed to support LGBTQ organizations, and she has always been a staunch feminist.
Since Harry potter author (including Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) published an in-depth essay on sexual assault, although this did little to deter many Harry potter fan, especially those who are passionate about the rights of trans men and women. Rowling also shares her writing pseudonym – Robert Galbraith – with a man famous for gay conversion therapy.
Rowling’s defense by Coltrane marks a new development in terms of Harry potter actor comments on Rowling’s opinions.
As it stands, the trans community continues to reject Rowling on social media, with many of her tweets on her book bombarded with comments about her controversial views on trans rights.
If the sex is not real, there is no attraction to the same sex. If the sex is not real, the lived reality of women in the world is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex takes away the ability for many to discuss their lives in a meaningful way. It is not hateful to tell the truth.
– JK Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
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