Harry Potter star Rupert Grint has broken silence on JK Rowling’s transphobic tweets.
Rupert Grint has joined his fellow Harry Potter co-stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson in condemning transphobia. Last week, Harry Potter author JK Rowling came under fire for posting transphobic tweets. Unfortunately, these tweets weren’t the first time the prolific author faced scrutiny for her views. Following Radcliffe and Watson’s comments that slammed Rowling’s viewpoints, the third member of the Harry Potter trio chose to remain silent. Just a week after the author’s insensitive comments, which sparked a huge solidarity campaign from trans allies, Grint has finally discussed how he feels about the controversy.
Rupert Grint, speaking to the UK-based The Times, came in tow, stating that he “firmly stands with the trans community.”
“Trans women are women. Trans men are men. We should all be entitled to live with love and without judgment. I firmly stand with the trans community and echo the sentiments expressed by many of my peers.”
While Rupert Grint doesn’t explicitly mention JK Rowling in his statement, it’s quite obvious that he’s nodding towards the controversy that the Harry Potter author embroiled herself in. Shortly after her tweets, which took issue with the phrase “people who menstruate,” Rowling doubled down on her comments by releasing a lengthy blog post in which she discussed the issue even further.
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At the end of the first film, the powerful dark wizard Gellert Grindelwald was captured by MACUSA (Magical Congress of the United States of America), with the help of Newt Scamander. But, making good on his threat, Grindelwald escaped custody and has set about gathering followers, most unsuspecting of his true agenda: to raise wizards and witches up to rule over all non-magical beings.
In an effort to thwart Grindelwald’s plans, Albus Dumbledore enlists his former student Newt Scamander, who agrees to help, unaware of the dangers that lie ahead. Lines are drawn as love and loyalty are tested, even among the truest friends and family, in an increasingly divided wizarding world.
Directed by David Yates from a script written by J. K. Rowling, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald stars Eddie Redmayne, Katherine Waterston, Dan Fogler, Alison Sudol, Ezra Miller, Zoë Kravitz, Callum Turner, Claudia Kim, William Nadylam, Kevin Guthrie, Jude Law, and Johnny Depp.
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Source: The Times