Will Young wades into the JK Rowling transgender debate
Will Young brands JK Rowling ‘stupid’ and says she should ‘be a little smarter’ after the author was branded ‘transphobic’ for questioning the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ to describe women
- Will Young, 41, has waded into the JK Rowling transgender debate today
- Singer branded the author ‘stupid’ but added that she’s entitled to her view
- Said she should be ‘little smarter’ after sharing controversial opinion on Twitter
Will Young today waded into the JK Rowling transgender debate and branded the author ‘stupid’ – but insisted she is entitled to her views.
The singer, 41, urged the Harry Potter writer to ‘be a little smarter’ after she shared her controversial opinions on Twitter in June, where she tweeted about the use of the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ instead of women.
‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’, she wrote.
Rowling sparked outrage from LGBT charities and even Harry Potter actors condemned her.
In an interview with Attitude magazine, Leave Right Now singer Will Young branded Rowling as ‘stupid’. However, he said the 55-year-old should be allowed to have her opinions.
Will Young (pictured), 41, waded into the JK Rowling transgender debate and branded the author ‘stupid’
JK Rowling shared her controversial opinions on Twitter in June and tweeted about the use of the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ instead of women. Pictured, attending the 70th EE British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA) at Royal Albert Hall on February 12, 2017 in London
Young encouraged people to be ‘a little more forgiving because otherwise we’d all be hung out to dry’.
He continued: ‘There would be one thing in our lives at one point that we’ve said that if we put it on Twitter now it would make us look like a p***k.
‘So, let’s just be a little bit forgiving. But people need to choose now the areas that they do it.
‘JK Rowling, perhaps, did not choose the best words or the best area to write about her views on transgender people. Be a little bit smarter than that.
In the controversial tweet, the author penned: ‘I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’ (pictured)
Kerry Kennedy presents JK Rowling with the Rowling its Ripple of Hope honour last year. Rowling is now returning the award after Kennedy said the writer’s outspoken views on gender ‘diminished the identity’
‘Or at least if you are going to come across as stupid in your views – in my opinion, it was just stupid – I’d rather hear her say it, so I can get a clearer idea.
‘People need to be smarter about how they say things. I cannot agree with anyone’s views, but they’re allowed to have their view and also, we should be more forgiving.’
He added: ‘That would be my strap-line if I was running for Prime Minister.’
In June, Rowling’s controversial tweet led to a string of denunciations, including from the actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played Potter in the blockbuster film franchise, and other actors who starred in the series.
Rowling had earlier expressed support for a woman who had lost her job over what her employer deemed to be ‘transphobic’ tweets.
Rowling said ‘accusations and threats from trans activists have been bubbling in my Twitter timeline’ ever since but she had also been ‘overwhelmed’ by private messages of support.
She said the ‘toxicity’ around the discussion was damaging and frightening for people within and outside the trans community.
JK Rowling speaks onstage at the 2019 RFK Ripple of Hope Awards at New York Hilton Midtown on December 12, 2019 in New York City
Pictured from left to right: Wendy Abrams, actor Chris Tucker, Kerry Kennedy, Glen Tullman, and JK Rowling attend the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Hosts 2019 Ripple Of Hope Gala & Auction In NYC on December 12, 2019 in New York City
‘I’ve been particularly struck by the stories of brave detransitioned young women who’ve risked the opprobrium of activists by speaking up about a movement they say has harmed them,’ she said on Friday.
‘I’ve been forced to the unhappy conclusion that an ethical and medical scandal is brewing.’
Rowling’s comments are the latest controversy surrounding her work. In some parts of the world, they have been banned for being linked to witchcraft and the occult.
In recent weeks, the ‘Harry Potter’ creator told how she would give back an award presented by the US Kennedy family after one of its members criticised her views on gender issues.
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation gave Rowling its Ripple of Hope honour last year.
But the group’s president, Kerry Kennedy, said this month the British writer’s outspoken views on gender ‘diminished the identity’ of trans people.
‘Kerry Kennedy recently felt it necessary to publish a statement denouncing my views,’ Rowling said in a statement on her website.
‘The statement incorrectly implied that I was transphobic, and that I am responsible for harm to trans people,’ she added. ‘I absolutely refute the accusation.
‘In solidarity with those who have contacted me but who are struggling to make their voices heard, and because of the very serious conflict of views between myself and RFKHR, I feel I have no option but to return the Ripple of Hope Award.’
Presiden of the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights award Kerry Kennedy attends the RFK Human Rights 2019 Ripple Of Hope Gala & Auction In NYC on December 12, 2019 in New York City
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