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Eddie Redmayne Defends JK Rowling Against Internet ‘Vitriol’ As He Returns To Work On ‘Fantastic Beasts 3’

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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.

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.

Redmayne told The Daily Mail in an interview that Rowling was receiving too much “vitriol” on social media, which he called “absolutely disgusting.”

Just last week, Rowling plugged merchandise from a shop that includes incredibly vulgar transphobic items:

Including merchandise that reads “sorry about your d**k, bro,” aimed at transgender women.

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.

Mike Walsh

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