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JK Rowling Doubles Down On Her Transphobia, Makes It All About Her

Bold strategy, let's see how it pays off for her.

Remember when JK Rowling revealed herself as a TERF with a particularly bad case of transphobia after sharing a bunch of unsavoury anti-trans tweets? Well it seems like she hasn’t had enough of that backlash because this time she’s written an entire anti-trans essay so horrendous that it’s caused big-name Harry Potter alums like Eddie Redmayne and Emma Watson to publicly say “yeah, JK Rowling’s views are wrong.”

The GOAT team dive right into the whole JK Rowling anti-trans debacle on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

In a ridiculously-long essay on her website titled “JK Rowling Writes about Her Reasons for Speaking out on Sex and Gender Issues,” the anti-trans author inexplicably doubles down on her transphobia while trying to explain her TERF origins, all of which is covered with a gross dash of “this is about meeeee!”

The essay is as long as a Harry Potter book and its views so insidious (and easily debunked) that it’s not worth writing too much about it so I’ll sum it up as best I can.

Rowling explains how she became interested in “trans issues” after a British woman lost her job after posting transphobic tweets. This led to a “toxic” relationship with trans activists and allies after an “accidental” like of an anti-trans tweet, and it snowballed from there as her transphobia was reinforced by “avalanche of emails and letters that came showering down upon me, the overwhelming majority of which were positive, grateful and supportive.”

Since then, Rowling has cemented that anti-trans stance and goes on to explain how after leaving Twitter for a while for her “mental health,” only for the backlash to increase when she came back, especially since she refused to change her views. Rowling also reveals how she’d rather make fun of organisations like GLAAD because, well, she doesn’t like how they keep correcting her incorrect transphobic views.

After rehashing some very right-wing talking points about trans people, like the ridiculous bathroom argument, and citing some seriously flawed trans studies in an attempt to back up her weak arguments, Rowling then inexplicably tries to make it all about her by revealing how she thought about transitioning out of curiousity.

“The more of their accounts of gender dysphoria I’ve read, with their insightful descriptions of anxiety, dissociation, eating disorders, self-harm and self-hatred, the more I’ve wondered whether, if I’d been born 30 years later, I too might have tried to transition. The allure of escaping womanhood would have been huge.”

Hoo boy.

If you really, really, want to read JK Rowling’s awful anti-trans essay and get an idea on how deeply rooted her transphobia is, you can read it here. Just a warning, it is a long manifesto riddled with inaccuracies and will likely enrage you.

JK Rowling’s strategy of doubling down on her transphobia with a story-length anti-trans essay didn’t exactly go down well as the backlash was stronger than any Unforgivable Curse and it even caused Harry Potter stars like Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Eddie Redmayne, Katie Leung, Evanna Lynch, and Noma Dumezweni to speak out against her stance.

Eddie gave a statement to Variety saying “respect for transgender people remains a cultural imperative, and over the years I have been trying to constantly educate myself.”

“As someone who has worked with both J.K. Rowling and members of the trans community, I wanted to make it absolutely clear where I stand. I disagree with Jo’s comments. Trans women are women, trans men are men and non-binary identities are valid.

“I would never want to speak on behalf of the community but I do know that my dear transgender friends and colleagues are tired of this constant questioning of their identities, which all too often results in violence and abuse. They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it’s time to let them do so.”

Emma Watson also shared a number of supportive tweets for the trans community though she was kind enough to not reference JK Rowling in any of them, not that she really needed too since we know what this is all about.

So this anti-trans saga involving JK Rowling began with a series of tweets revealing (again) her membership into the TERF club and her transphobia before escalating into a full-blown essay filled with incredibly unsavoury views. At this rate, we can probably expect an entire book from her.

Perhaps Rowling should just quit Twitter (again) and just not write anything for a while. The world is already crazy enough as it is and we don’t need the author of Harry Potter to pour more fuel on that dumpster fire.

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Daniel Radcliffe Won't Be Suckered Into A Feud With JK Rowling

"But that is really not what this is about, nor is it what’s important right now."

We’ve known for a while that JK Rowling harbours some anti-trans views but things escalated big time when she, without prompting, shared some horrendously outdated transphobic tweets recently. But for every bad take there’s a remedy, and Daniel Radcliffe has issued a statement in rebuke against JK Rowling’s anti-trans remarks that’s both classy in how he addresses the Harry Potter author while defending the transgender and nonbinary communities.

The GOAT team dive right into the whole JK Rowling anti-trans debacle on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

In a thoughtful rebuttal for The Trevor Project, Daniel Radcliffe starts by acknowledging how people may “paint” his statement as some sort of feud between JK Rowling and immediately quashes that notion by saying how grateful he is to her for Harry Potter and leaves it at that without commenting on or condemning her anti-trans remarks or transgender stance.

Instead, Daniel diverts all the attention towards supporting the transgender and nonbinary community, writing “transgender women are women” and that “any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and goes against all advice given by professional health care associations who have far more expertise on this subject matter than either [J.K. Rowling] or I.”

But perhaps the best part of Daniel Radcliffe’s statement was admitting he’s “still learning how to be a better ally” to the transgender and nonbinary communities before imploring others to do the same by linking to some great Trevor Project information on how to do just that.

Daniel concludes his statement with a powerful bit apologising to people who may “feel that their experience of the [Harry Potter] books has been tarnished or diminished” due to JK Rowling’s remarks, but hopes that they “don’t entirely lose what was valuable in [those] stories to [them]” and that the lessons they learned from the books will hopefully not be tainted “too much” by what was said.

It’s no secret that Daniel Radcliffe is a pretty upstanding chap, but his Trevor Project statement defending the transgender and nonbinary community without condemning JK Rowling for her anti-trans remarks is just pure class. During a time when celebs are being problematic, it’s nice to know that Daniel is still a good egg.

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Mark Wahlberg's George Floyd Tribute Has Resurfaced His Own Racist Past

Definitely the wrong person to be speaking about racial injustice.

There has been a number of tone-deaf shout-outs to George Floyd following his death, but perhaps none have been quite as misguided as Mark Wahlberg’s tribute because it inadvertently dug up his past history of racist behaviour and racially motivated crimes.

The GOAT team talk about the George Floyd protests, Black Lives Matters, and how you can help on ‘It’s Been A Big Day For…’ below:

Taking to Instagram with a short post, Mark Wahlberg is just the latest in a long-list of celebrities who paid tribute to George Floyd while calling for some much-needed reform to quash police brutality.

But Marky Mark probably should’ve left this post in drafts because the internet quickly called Wahlberg out in the comments of his Instagram and Twitter posts for being a hypocrite due to his racist past and noted how he is the last person to be talking about racial injustice or Black Lives Matters due to some of the awful things he’s done.

For those who are unware of the racist stuff Marky Mark did before he became a Hollywood star, Wahlberg first got into trouble at 15 when he and three friends chased after three Black children while yelling “kill the n******” and throwing rocks at them.

This incident was subsequently followed by a similar incident the next day when Marky Mark followed a class of Black students on a field trip. He subsequently copped a civil action suit for his racist behaviour and it was settled the next month.

However, that was just the tip of this unsavoury iceberg as Wahlberg later assaulted two Vietnamese men, one of whom Marky Mark called “Vietnam fu*king sh*t” while beating him over the head with a stick until he lost consciousness.

Marky Mark was charged with attempted murder for the attack on the Vietnamese men, but plead guilty to felony assault and ultimately spent only 45 days in jail.

In recent years, Marky Mark publicly expressed remorse for his past though this came off as a bit disingenuous as it was later revealed that Wahlberg tried to get a pardon for his racist crimes in 2014, only to quietly drop the request in 2016.

Wahlberg has yet to issue a statement in response to the backlash at the time of writing. However, nothing more really needs to be said at this point because that will just result in a deeper hole (something which Terry Crews is experiencing). If there’s anything to be gleaned from this, it’s that the internet never forgets, especially if you were a racist back in the day.

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