Warner Bros Responds To JK Rowling Comments | Author Defends Her Views By Revealing She’s A “Domestic Abuse And Sexual Assault Survivor “

Warner Bros Responds To JK Rowling Comments | Author Defends Her Views By Revealing She’s A “Domestic Abuse And Sexual Assault Survivor “

Warner Bros. has finally weighed in regarding Wizarding World architect J.K. Rowling’s recent remarks on the trans community, which have sparked controversy since she tweeted Saturday.

Here is Warner’s full statement:

“The events in the last several weeks have firmed our resolve as a company to confront difficult societal issues. Warner Bros.’ position on inclusiveness is well established, and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture has never been more important to our company and to our audiences around the world. We deeply value the work of our storytellers who give so much of themselves in sharing their creations with us all. We recognize our responsibility to foster empathy and advocate understanding of all communities and all people, particularly those we work with and those we reach through our content.”

Rowling initially tweeted a series of thoughts on Saturday that she believed women should be defined by their biological sex and not their gender identity. “If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth…The idea that women like me, who’ve been empathetic to trans people for decades, feeling kinship because they’re vulnerable in the same way as women — ie, to male violence — ‘hate’ trans people because they think sex is real and has lived consequences — is a nonsense,” tweeted Rowling.

Those remarks drew criticism from GLAAD, Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson and Fantastic Beasts star Eddie Redmayne, who defended trans identity and trans rights.

Yesterday, in response to the uproar, Rowling posted a lengthy essay on her website, defending and expounding upon her trans views.

“I forgot the first rule of Twitter – never, ever expect a nuanced conversation – and reacted to what I felt was degrading language about women. I spoke up about the importance of sex and have been paying the price ever since,” writes Rowling (you can read her essay here).

While Rowling states that “Trans people need and deserve protection”, she expressed her worry about “the new trans activism” and how their call for gender identity would greatly impact the rights of cisgender women.

The author became triggered to tweet her thoughts after reading that the Scottish government was proceeding with gender recognition plans which she believed were “controversial” and “which will in effect mean that all a man needs to ‘become a woman’ is to say he’s one.”

In defending herself, Rowling relayed her experience as a survivor of domestic abuse and sexual assault.

“I managed to escape my first violent marriage with some difficulty, but I’m now married to a truly good and principled man, safe and secure in ways I never in a million years expected to be. However, the scars left by violence and sexual assault don’t disappear, no matter how loved you are, and no matter how much money you’ve made. My perennial jumpiness is a family joke – and even I know it’s funny – but I pray my daughters never have the same reasons I do for hating sudden loud noises, or finding people behind me when I haven’t heard them approaching.

“If you could come inside my head and understand what I feel when I read about a trans woman dying at the hands of a violent man, you’d find solidarity and kinship. I have a visceral sense of the terror in which those trans women will have spent their last seconds on earth, because I too have known moments of blind fear when I realised that the only thing keeping me alive was the shaky self-restraint of my attacker,” said Rowling.

“I refuse to bow down to a movement that I believe is doing demonstrable harm in seeking to erode ‘woman’ as a political and biological class and offering cover to predators like few before it. I stand alongside the brave women and men, gay, straight and trans, who’re standing up for freedom of speech and thought, and for the rights and safety of some of the most vulnerable in our society: young gay kids, fragile teenagers, and women who’re reliant on and wish to retain their single sex spaces,” wrote Rowling.

Warner Media’s response follows that of Universal Parks & Resorts, which is home to the Harry Potter rides and attractions in Los Angeles and Orlando, that conglom saying, “Our core values include diversity, inclusion and respect for all our guests, as well as our team members. Our theme parks are places where people and families of all types are welcome to enjoy their time together. Beyond that, we have no further comment.”

Currently, Warner Bros. has paused production on the third Fantastic Beasts movie in the UK due to the feature production COVID-19 shutdown around the globe. That Harry Potter spinoff series has grossed $1.47 billion from two movies. Together with the $7.7 billion that the Harry Potter movies have grossed at the global box office from eight movies, feature adaptations of Rowling’s Wizarding World works stand at $9.1 billion.

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  1. Higwe
    June 11, 16:39 Reply

    All I saw are the billions ….dayum!
    Some people get money o ??‍♂️

    We have so many incredible writers here in KD .

    Can’t any of you put together one of these scifi stories and follow others dey chop money?

    There is nothing this JK Rowling and her likes are writing that you guys cannot write.

    Go for a proper research, invest time and energy.
    Find an appealing storyline and follow others blow.

    All these JK Rowlings and co , dey no get three heads. ??‍♂️

    Me sha I know I’ll be a billionaire one day, unfortunately I don’t have much talent but I’ll surely find a way even if I have to marry into one ?.

    As for people that the good Lord blessed with natural talent…don’t limit yourselves.
    Step out of your comfort zones and pursue your dreams .
    Yes , we enjoy your submissions here , but it’s always on to the next one …you have an opportunity of leaving an indelible mark in the real world not just on the software of an anonymous gay blog .

    As for those ones that give us fake stories just for clout and attention…you actually have an opportunity to write for marvel , Netflix etc
    Imagine how great you’ll be , if you actually put that talent to good use .??

    Anyway , JK Rowling should have just sat there and ate her food .
    She’s further digging her grave with this extremely weak defence .
    Seventy percent of people who promulgate the cancel culture are Twitter users who can’t read beyond 50 words .
    Madam , just enjoy your billions and write your novels.??‍♂️

  2. Taena of Myr
    June 11, 21:20 Reply

    If Warner Bros truly loved gay people more than money they would have a gay on screen kiss , maybe a gay or trans leading man , a gay superhero wouldn’t be too much.
    But no China might ban the movie and that’s not good for business.
    Once again capitalism doesn’t love anyone.
    It simply does what will bring in money

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