Succession’s Brian Cox slams ‘high and mighty’ JK Rowling critics

Daniel Radcliffe speaks out against JK Rowling comments

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JK Rowling, 57, has been at the centre of a transphobic row after she commented on an article with the phrase “people who menstruate”. Succession star Brian Cox, 76, has spoken out about treatment of the Harry Potter author, slamming her “high and mighty” critics, while also claiming she is “entitled to her opinion”.

There’s nobody better to say as a woman!

Brian Cox

Brian appeared on the BBC show Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg this weekend, where he was asked about the award-winning author.

He said as Metro reported: “I don’t like the way she has been treated, actually.

“Actually, I think she’s entitled to her opinion, she’s entitled to say what she feels, as a woman, she’s very much entitled to say what she feels about her own body.

“There’s nobody better to say as a woman. So I do feel that people have been a bit high and mighty about their attitude towards JK Rowling, quite frankly.”

JK Rowling came under fire in December 2019 when she tweeted in support of a British researcher, Maya Forstater, who was fired from the Centre for Global Development over anti-trans stances.

The author then later tweeted about taking issue with the phrase “people who menstruate” and has regularly since drawn criticism from the LGBTQ+ community.

Critics turned on JK Rowling for reiterating ideologies that had been linked to the trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF) movement that often adopts the belief that trans women are not women.

Despite Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and organisations like GLAAD voicing opposition to the author, other Harry Potter stars have supported Rowling’s right to express her opinion.

Voldemort actor Ralph Fiennes told the New York Times last year: “JK Rowling has written these great books about empowerment, about young children finding themselves as human beings.

“It’s about how you become a better, stronger, more morally centred human being.

“The verbal abuse directed at her is disgusting, it’s appalling. I mean, I can understand a viewpoint that might be angry at what she says about women.

“But it’s not some obscene, über-right-wing fascist. It’s just a woman saying, ‘I’m a woman and I feel I’m a woman and I want to be able to say that I’m a woman’.

“And I understand where she’s coming from. Even though I’m not a woman.”

Last summer, Rowling announced that she had written a book about a character being persecuted for transphobic views.

The new book, published under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, is titled The Ink Black Heart.

It follows a character who has a public downfall following statements that were received as transphobic.

According to Rolling Stone, the synopsis of the book is as follows: “Rowling introduces readers to Edie Ledwell, a creator of a popular YouTube cartoon who sees internet trolls and her own fandom turn on her after the cartoon was criticised as being racist and ableist, as well as transphobic for a bit about a hermaphrodite worm.

“The creator is doxxed with photos of her home plastered on the internet, subject to death and rape threats for having an opinion, and was ultimately found stabbed to death in a cemetery.

“The book takes a clear aim at ‘social justice warriors’ and suggests that Ledwell was a victim of a masterfully plotted, politically fuelled hate campaign against her.”

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