J.K. Rowling expresses her support for Macy Gray and Bette Midler after the two were charged with encouraging transphobia after making contentious remarks.
The author of Harry Potter, who has caused controversy with her opinions on the transgender population, has re-posted messages from Midler and Gray, ostensibly showing support for the two. In a tweet on Tuesday, Midler criticized the use of terminology like “menstruators” and “birthing humans,” as well as the recent overturning of Roe v. Wade. The singer and actress also called for action to stop what she sees as cisgender women’s erasure.
Gareth Cattermole, Dimitrios Kambouris, and Jerod Harris contributed photos to Getty Images. J.K. Rowling defends Bette Midler and Macy Gray after being accused of uttering transphobic remarks.
“THE WORLD’S WOMEN! Our rights to our bodies, life, and even our names are being taken away!” Midler composed. “We are no longer referred to as “women” but rather as “people who give birth,” “people who menstruate,” or even “people with vaginas”! Never allow them to remove you! The entire human race owes you!”
She drew a strong reaction from many when her message was shared extensively among her two million followers for what was perceived to be an attack on trans-inclusive terminology. Roxane Gay criticized the remarks made by Midler, Crystal from RuPaul’s Drag Race U.K., Cornbread from the U.S. edition of the show’s 14th season, and Queer as Folk author Jaclyn P. Moore.
Similar criticism was directed at Gray’s appearance on Piers Morgan Uncensored on Monday. The “I Try” singer admitted she doesn’t think a person can change their biological makeup to become a woman.
“Everyone will despise me for saying this, but just because you go alter your parts doesn’t make you a woman. Sorry, “She revealed.
She continued by saying that while she supports everyone’s right to choose their pronouns, the label does not entitle the bearer to membership in the gender they identify with.
If you want me to refer to you as a “her,” I’ll do it because that’s what you want, but just because I do and because you had surgery doesn’t make you a woman, she continued.
She continued by saying that she believes surgery cannot recreate her “unique experience” of growing up as a young woman.
“No amount of surgery or self-discovery can alter it. Do you know how being a small girl is like a whole epic book? Furthermore, you cannot have something merely because you aspire to be a lady. “She continued, ”
Gray stated that she “doesn’t think you should be labeled as transphobic just because you don’t agree,” appearing to anticipate the backlash.
Rowling endorsed Midler and Gray in a string of tweets, giving her approval to both of them.
She responded positively to Midler’s position after retweeting her post about Hocus Pocus.
The author then revealed her intention to purchase Gray’s music.
Today seems like a good day to make sure I’ve purchased everything by @MacyGraysLife.
Rowling’s thoughts on trans people have come under scrutiny numerous times, with many pointing out that she frequently expresses ideas that align with radical feminism’s anti-trans agenda.
A Midler representative did not immediately answer the request for a response from E.W.