Eddie Izzard Says He Believes JK Rowling Isn’t Transphobic
Eddie Izzard believes JK Rowling is not transphobic, despite the large group of people on Twitter who believe Rowling is not an “ally” of their cause. The New York Post picked up on comments from Eddie this week in which the comic – which came out recently as a transgender – claimed JK was neither a bad person nor a transphobe.
In case you missed it JK Rowling came out in the recent past with a tweet mocking an article that used the phrase “men who menstruate” instead of just saying “women”.
The 58-year-old told The Telegraph that she felt it was important for people to take a look at JK Rowling’s blog before they could judge it. Izzard reportedly alluded to an essay she wrote on her website in June.
In the long piece, Rowling, 55, explained how she refused to surrender to the movement because she felt she was “undermining” the idea of being a woman while “providing cover to predators like few before.”
Izzard told the point of sale that she agreed on this, claiming that trans people were invisible for most of the story while women were treated horribly. Izzard went on to say that it couldn’t be solved simply by “waving a wand”.
The comic admitted she didn’t have any of the answers, but more importantly, it was best not to argue and argue about it. Supporters of the JK Rowling controversy know that the author has been previously targeted by LGBTQ activists and other celebrities.
Though people like John Cleese have defended JK Rowling and have said that the subject isn’t even that important to him. John implied in his Twitter post that the world is filled with far more important issues than a transgender people’s right to go to the bathroom.
On the flip side, UK-born entertainers who made it big in the U.S. have beaten Rowling, including Eddie Redmayne, Rubert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe. Redmayne portrayed a trans woman in the 2015 film The Danish Girl.