Sarah Paulson told J. K. Rowling to “shut up” after she made tweets about the transgender community.
The “Harry Potter” author came under fire on Saturday, June 6, when she shared an article titled “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate” and commented, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
Her statement immediately drew flack from the trans community, celebrities, and organizations, among them “American Horror Story” and “Ocean’s Eight” actress Sarah, an out queer woman.
She also affirmed a tweet pertaining to the irony of the author’s privileged status and making comments about marginalized people.
Besides Sarah, Katie Leung, who played Cho Chang in the “Harry Potter” franchise, also spoke out, sharing links on ways to help out the Black trans community.
LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD also addressed the author’s comments:
“JK Rowling continues to align herself with an ideology which willfully distorts facts about gender identity and people who are trans. In 2020, there is no excuse for targeting trans people. We stand with trans youth, especially those Harry Potter fans hurt by her inaccurate and cruel tweets.”
This isn’t the first time J. K. has posted “anti-trans” statements. Her most recent trans-related controversy came in December 2019 when she publicly supported Maya Forstater, a researcher who was fired after making transphobic comments.