The controversy surrounding J.K. Rowling’s self-processed transphobia has grown this year, after Rowling released an essay defending her “views on sex and gender issues.”
While originally criticizing Rowling’s transphobic comments on transgender people, specifically transgender women, Eddie Redmayne appears to have done a 180 while working on Rowling’s newest film, the third installment in the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them series.
what a mysterious change of heart eddie redmayne has had! very strange indeed pic.twitter.com/IkI45ZTLDS
— John DiLillo (@dilillicious) September 28, 2020
Redmayne, who was nominated for an Academy Award for his role as a transgender woman in The Danish Girl in 2015, initially said that Rowling’s comments were dangerous.
“Respect for transgender people remains a cultural imperative, and over the years I have been trying to constantly educate myself. This is an ongoing process.”
“As someone who has worked with both JK 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.”
Though he didn’t rescind his initial statements, he did come to Rowling’s defense later on―a confusing action for one who claims to be an ally.
Remember when Eddie Redmayne played a trans woman and a bunch of us said that there's a problem with cis men playing trans women is that trans women are often framed/solidified as crossdressing men?https://t.co/gHdL35FyP0
— Lovesick Girl (@kat_blaque) September 28, 2020
every time I see Eddie Redmayne's name, I think about the moment in Disclosure when Jen Richards talks about the link between cis men playing trans women in movies & violence against trans women in real life. pic.twitter.com/wd2NutZIk3
— t.r. wexler (@LetsTurnDayGlo) September 28, 2020
eddie redmayne should be ashamed of himself. profiting off the trans community as he has, he could, AND SHOULD, have taken a stance against the harm that rowling is causing trans people every day. what a spineless little man. https://t.co/KgAc27ITnr
— 🐽alim kheraj (@alimkheraj) September 28, 2020
Well, I guess I don't like like Eddie Redmayne anymore. Agreeing to play a trans character wasn't great in the first place, but defending J.K. Rowling? Someone cares more about his Fantastic Beasts career than the trans friends he claims to have: https://t.co/SCv2Fi6lP0
— Zack Ford (@ZackFord) September 28, 2020
Just a reminder that cis-het actors playing transgender roles can still be transphobic in real life.
Eddie Redmayne got an Oscar nomination for playing a trans woman in "The Danish Girl."https://t.co/VPZM4dosm3
— Ernest Owens (@MrErnestOwens) September 28, 2020
Redmayne told The Daily Mail in an interview that Rowling was receiving too much “vitriol” on social media, which he called “absolutely disgusting.”
Now that Eddie Redmayne has defended the hateful JK Rowling, I’m comfortable saying that his Marius in Les Mis sounded like Kermit the frog got throat cancer
— Cam (@cameron_kasky) September 29, 2020
Girl nobody attacked JK Rowling nearly as much as The Theory of Everything attacked audiences… where is OUR condolence letter…
— Ira Madison III (@ira) September 29, 2020
Me @ Eddie Redmayne pic.twitter.com/kuXMnSI6QB
— rachel (@racheloftarth) September 28, 2020
someone send eddie redmayne the judith butler interview
get her, JB pic.twitter.com/HQslmLEKNx
— Lindsay Ellis (@thelindsayellis) September 28, 2020
Who would have thought that the talentless opportunist who jumped at the chance to "play trans" for Oscar bait would be this pathetically clueless?https://t.co/myNlZ8Ep0B
— Kayleigh Donaldson (@Ceilidhann) September 28, 2020
Just last week, Rowling plugged merchandise from a shop that includes incredibly vulgar transphobic items:
Sometimes a T-shirt just speaks to you…
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) September 22, 2020
Including merchandise that reads “sorry about your d**k, bro,” aimed at transgender women.
Remember when we critiqued Eddie Redmayne for being a cis man profiting by playing a trans woman and people said cancel culture had gotten out of hand https://t.co/vdTHoEnisq
— Tau (@TauZaman) September 28, 2020
And y’all wonder why trans people are still hesitant to trust even the most sincere-seeming cishet ‘allies’.
THIS is why.https://t.co/kL6NntMtvU
— Steph 🍷 (@queermurphys) September 28, 2020
Eddie Redmayne doesn't actually care about trans people? Who could have possibly seen this coming? 👀 pic.twitter.com/83hpr30vqf
— Mia Moore 🏳️🌈 (@StopTweetingMia) September 28, 2020
maybe if eddie redmayne did this pic.twitter.com/5rhmyJFgr1
— kate (@fiImsbi) September 28, 2020
Eddie Redmayne using the fact he stole roles from trans people in the past as moral authority to attack trans people is next level celebrity awfulness.
— Noah Berlatsky (@nberlat) September 28, 2020
Redmayne is due to continue playing Newt Scamander in the Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them series indefinitely, and the third film is back in production as of September, 2020.
Remember: a ticket to that movie supports both Rowling and Redmayne.