J.K. Rowling is being consistently harmful to the trans community and jumping to her defense and her “right” to say these things isn’t really the right move.
There seems to constantly be an influx of people defending J.K. Rowling and her transphobic blog post as if she didn’t harm an entire community by writing it. Most recently, Eddie Izzard came out in support of Rowling and she said that the Harry Potter author wasn’t transphobic, much to the upset of the LGBTQ community. Her point is that she doesn’t understand the fighting and that’s okay but Rowling has constantly used her platform to share harmful viewpoints and it is something we need to bring up.
The thing is: Rowling doesn’t need to be defended. Yes, people are claiming that she is a victim of “cancel culture” but the reality is that she refuses to listen to the community she’s attacking and understand why she’s being harmful. Her lack of care about what she’s doing is what makes fans so angry because it isn’t about “canceling” her. It’s about pointing out that she’s using her platform to attack a community and she doesn’t seem to care what happens.
The constant defense of Rowling is beyond exhausting. It’s complicated, yes, many fans still want to love the Harry Potter series but have found it impossible since Rowling doesn’t care about anything over than herself and her view. But that doesn’t mean we have to sit and defend her and her transphobic posts.
Saying that Rowling isn’t “transphobic” contradicts what Rowling, herself, has posted online. Her platform is using to target and harm and it’s gotten to the point where it’d be nice if people stopped coming out in defense of Rowling and started to educate her and show her why all of this is harmful.