KEY POINTS

  • Emma Watson condemns J.K. Rowling's transphobic tweets
  • Watson donated to two charities that support transgender people and feminists
  • Daniel Radcliffe also reacted to Rowling's anti-transgender tweets

Emma Watson condemns J.K. Rowling’s anti-transgender tweets.

The “Harry Potter” author caused a stir over the weekend because of her transphobic tweets. Rowling responded to an op-ed entitled “Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.” The British author said those individuals have a name and they are called women.

The LGBTQ+ community was offended because Rowling’s statement seemed to disregard the transmen who also menstruate. “Harry Potter” fans who looked up to Rowling were also disappointed over the writer’s tweets.

Watson, who played Hermione Granger in the popular movie series, shared her thoughts on the issue, and she condemned Rowling’s tweets.

“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,” she wrote on Twitter.

“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,” she added in another tweet.

Watson also donated to Mermaids, a U.K. charity supporting gender-diverse and transgender children and teenagers, and Mama Cash, the oldest international feminist fund. She said she made the donation to encourage others to do the same.

Watson ended her message by wishing the LGBTQ+ community a “Happy Pride 2020.”

Meanwhile, Watson’s post received mixed reactions from the netizens. Many praised and thanked her for speaking up.

However, others slammed the “Beauty and the Beast” star for “biting the hand that feeds” her. Watson catapulted to fame for being part of Rowling’s “Harry Potter” movies.

“JK made you!.. show some respect,” @dsbronx wrote.

“It's so apparent that you are shoving @jk_rowling under the bus so you don't suffer guilt by association. Before this happened as far as I know you never spoke on the subject. But sure, bite the had [sic] that fed you,” @Opticheart commented.

Meanwhile, “Harry Potter” lead star Daniel Radcliffe also responded to the issue. In an article for The Trevor Project, the actor stressed that he felt compelled to speak up but made it clear that there was no conflict between him and Rowling.

“Transgender women are women,” Radcliffe wrote.