HARRY POTTER Actor John Cleese Defends Author J.K. Rowling Following Her Past "Anti-Trans" Comments

HARRY POTTER Actor John Cleese Defends Author J.K. Rowling Following Her Past "Anti-Trans" Comments

Nearly Headless Nick actor John Cleese has become the latest Harry Potter cast member to come to the defence of author J.K. Rowling as she continues coming under fire for alleged anti-trans comments...

By JoshWilding - May 17, 2023 10:05 AM EST
Filed Under: Harry Potter
Source: SFFGazette.com

While many Harry Potter cast members chose to speak out against author and creator J.K. Rowling when she initially came under fire for making "anti-trans" comments on social media, the list of actors defending her continues to grow. 

Joining Evanna Lynch (Luna Lovegood), Helena Bonham Carter (Bellatrix Lestrange), Jim Broadbent (Professor Slughorn), and Ralph Fiennes (Voldemort) is the legendary John Cleese. The often controversial screen icon recently took to social media to criticise those who have attempted to shout Rowling down. 

"If I do not agree with some of the Transgender arguments, this apparently makes me transphobic," he pondered. "So...if they do not agree with some of my opinions, does that make them Cleesephobic? Or does the hatred only flow in one direction?"

Cleese played Nearly Headless Nick in the first two Harry Potter movies, but is perhaps best known as the co-founder of Monty Python.

While Rowling doesn't always choose her words in an overly delicate fashion, much of what she's said in recent years could be perceived as being valid concerns when you look beyond the way she's delivered them. However, she instead finds herself being shouted down by very vocal detractors, some of whom have issued death threats.

Those quick to deem anyone who says anything positive about Rowling as being "anti-trans" embarked on a mission to target people who dared buy Hogwarts Legacy earlier this year. It backfired, though, as it became Warner Bros. Games' biggest-selling title quickly after launching. 

There have been similar threats aimed at Max's planned small screen Harry Potter reboot, though the streamer doesn't appear to be paying those any mind. 

You can take a look at Cleese's take on the matter in the Tweet below. 

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UniqNo - 5/17/2023, 10:34 AM
They coming for the Cleese now.. 😅
Boyle360 - 5/17/2023, 10:35 AM
Seeing words like alleged, and "anti-trans" being in quotation marks is honestly unreal at this point. JK Rowling is absolutely, blatantly and proudly transphobic. An absolutely hateful woman who has zero empathy for the people she is harming by peddling this thinly veiled hate speech.
UniqNo - 5/17/2023, 10:39 AM
@Boyle360 - I disagree.
mountainman - 5/17/2023, 10:40 AM
@Boyle360 - Nah. All she had said is that tran women shouldn’t be able to go into female only spaces and that trans women and biological women are different. Those are both objectively true statements that don’t have any hate behind them.
Boyle360 - 5/17/2023, 10:42 AM
@mountainman - Respectfully, that is absolutely not all that she has said. At all. Anyone who says this is either poorly informed or denying it to defend her.
UniqNo - 5/17/2023, 10:42 AM
@Boyle360 - I will say though, Cleese's comments do see a tad inflammatory. He's trying to poke the bear it seems.
mountainman - 5/17/2023, 10:45 AM
@Boyle360 - Show me an example of something you have said that you consider hateful.
PartyKiller - 5/17/2023, 10:45 AM
@Boyle360 - The hate is coming from you. You don't agree with her. You can't counter her points so you claim her beliefs are evil. And then you call her names. JK Rowling has never said anything as hateful as you just did in that puny post.

The "Anti-Hate" industry, are the hate industry.
philinterrupted - 5/17/2023, 10:53 AM
@Boyle360 - can you quote what she has said that is transphobic?
regularmovieguy - 5/17/2023, 10:38 AM
Why is anti-trans in quotes
HistoryofMatt - 5/17/2023, 2:47 PM
@regularmovieguy - Because she's not anti-trans or transphobic. It's bullshit lies perpetuated by radical trans activists. Please keep up.
regularmovieguy - 5/17/2023, 2:50 PM

Paula Dean also said she’s not a racist and Mel Gibson doesn’t hate Jews.

Keep up.
dagenspear - 5/17/2023, 6:12 PM
@regularmovieguy - This doesn't disprove what the person said.
regularmovieguy - 5/17/2023, 6:17 PM

Lmao. You missed the point. 🙏🏻
dagenspear - 5/17/2023, 6:33 PM
@regularmovieguy - I got the point. I disagree with the notion of it having any real meaning as a direct response to the post, if I read the correct posts.
regularmovieguy - 5/17/2023, 6:52 PM

Damn I had no idea you disagreed with my worldview. Crazy.
regularmovieguy - 5/17/2023, 10:39 AM

I've had Quantumania on this morning and holy [frick] this is so bad. I've been checked out for like the last hour, haha.
MyCoolYoung - 5/17/2023, 10:54 AM
@regularmovieguy - damn lmao I thought it was ok. Definitely lower end mcu. Now that it’s on Disney + I may watch it again to settle my thoughts on it
philinterrupted - 5/17/2023, 10:54 AM
@regularmovieguy - then just turn it off. I get it. It’s cool to hate on the movie. But if you truly don’t like it, just stop watching it.
regularmovieguy - 5/17/2023, 11:17 AM

I was kind of amazed how much better the other two movies are than this one. Felt totally indifferent throughout the movie… MODOK actually made me laugh. He was a geek. Majors was good as Kang.

Anything involving the Ant-Family kind of had me rolling my eyes though. And the Quantum realm was just uninteresting to me.
regularmovieguy - 5/17/2023, 11:19 AM

I wrote that comment with 40 minutes left in the movie. Felt obligated to finish it.
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