To the delight of Harry Potter fans across the globe, Emma Watson has officially broken her silence on JK Rowling and her anti-trans tweets.
Watson who played Hermione Granger in the Rowling’s beloved children’s series issued her response to the saga via Twitter to her 29 million followers.
“Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are,” she tweeted.
Watson who is a proud women’s rights activist added that Rowling’s anti-trans views acted as a catalyst in her recent donation to Mermaids, the only charity aiding trans youth in the UK, alone with support to Mama Cash, the oldest international feminist fund.
I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020
Watson’s comments follow Rowling’s fall from grace and questionable behaviour on social media where she has liked, re-tweeted and made comments which many deem to be transphobic.
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