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Emma Watson's 'savage dig' at JK Rowling during BAFTAs over transgender row unveiled
Harry Potter film series which is based on JK Rowling's best-selling novels.The actress has previously made no secret in the past that she disagrees with the billionaire author's views on transgender rights.It comes after the 56-year-old came under fire in early June 2020 for controversial tweets she posted about the transgender community.Rowling retweeted an op-ed piece that discussed “people who menstruate,” apparently taking issue with the fact that the story did not use the word women.The initial tweet garnered a lot of backlash, but Rowling did not relent and stood by her views saying she "loves and respects every trans person" but added that at the same time "my life has been shaped by being female".The author added: "I do not believe it’s hateful to say so.”Her stance has caused fans and stars like Emma, Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, and Eddie Redmayne to speak out against her opinions.Emma took to the stage to present the award of Best Outstanding British Film at the Royal Albert Hall back in March.After she was introduced by host Rebel Wilson, she appeared to make a savage dig at the best-selling author following her controversial comments on transgender women.As Rebel, 42, welcomed Emma to the stage, the Australian actress quipped: "Here to present the next award is Emma Watson.She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch."To which Emma replied: "I’m here for ALL the witches."Following her statement, eagle-eyed viewers took to social media at the time to discuss whether or not the actress' comments were aimed at Rowling."Ooooooh Emma Watson throwing so much shade at JK Rowling! This is the drama I needed tonight," quipped on BAFTA viewer."Loving Emma Watson's vibe tonight.
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Mads Mikkelsen Calls Reaction to J.K. Rowling's Trans Comments 'Crazy'
Harry Potter author's newest movie, Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets of Dumbledore, as Johnny Depp's replacement, Gellert Grindelwald.The movie's release comes as Depp is set to face another ugly court battle involving his ex-wife Amber Heard over domestic abuse claims, while Rowling has continued to be embroiled in controversies over her views about trans people.Mikkelsen appears unphased with Rowling and her current reputation, however, urging for "adult conversation" and mutual respect from all parties."People treat it a little flippantly, like, 'Isn't that a disgrace?' And every time you ask somebody, you can't really figure out what she said," the actor said about Rowling being judged for her views.The 56-year-old said the reaction to Rowling's views is "crazy" but again urged caution and that those criticizing have an understanding of what they're talking about.Accusations of transphobia have been leveled at Rowling for a number of years but she has denied feeling negatively toward transgender people.Several actors associated with the Harry Potter franchise have publicly disagreed with her, including Daniel Radcliffe, Eddie Redmayne and Emma Watson."But if the reaction is that crazy, we have to be very careful that we know what we're talking about," Mikkelsen said in an interview with GQ.He confirmed that he had not read Rowling's blog where she had written on the issue and added: "I have a habit of not commenting on things that I don't know anything about, and I actually think that that would suit the entire world."The Hannibal star said he didn't know what the solution was but insisted there should be "no hateful rhetoric towards either women or trans [people]—that's a good start.""But we have to be honest—and it
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