Emma Watson Weighs in on J.K. Rowling Controversy

In case you haven’t heard, J.K. Rowling has stepped in it this week in a series of transphobic posts that have pulled in lots of Hollywood stars to rebuke her notion that trans women aren’t real women.

Harry Potter star Emma Watson is the latest to weigh in on the controversy in a thread of tweets:

This isn’t J.K.’s first stint at this kind of rhetoric.

Last year, she drew criticism for supporting Maya Forstater, a researcher who stated that people cannot change their biological sex.

“If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth,” J.K. argued this week.

Yesterday, she published a 3,600-word essay on her website seeking to clarify her opinions, during which she revealed she was also a sexual assault survivor.

Oh man, this whole thing has us so sad. We hope J.K. is hearing all of this.