Eddie Redmayne, star of the Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them franchise, just gave an on-the-fence response to the many transphobic comments from JK Rowling.
It is reported that Eddie Redmayne has received online criticism for his comments defending JK Rowling in a recent Daily Mail interview.
In the interview, Redmayne continued to condemn JK Rowling’s transphobic commentary but also criticised the online response calling it “absolutely disgusting.”
The actor, who is currently in the process of filming the third film of the Fantastic Beasts franchise, said that the online hate directed at Rowling was just as “equally disgusting.”
Redymane has been incredibly open in the past regarding his support for the transgender community. Saying he has many friends and colleagues within the trans community who are “having their human rights challenged around the world and facing discrimination on a daily basis.”
The actor also touched on the subject in an interview with Variety earlier this year.
He said, “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.”
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“As someone who has worked with both J.K. 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. They simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it’s time to let them do so.”
Redmayne who identifies as a cisgender male has previously played a transgender woman in the 2015 film The Danish Girl.
However, many feel that the online response to JK Rowling’s comments was warranted, especially with her proposed new book concept.