She’s an “ally.”
Amid ongoing accusations of “transphobia,” “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling has received support from an unlikely source — gender-fluid UK comedian Eddie Izzard.
Izzard — who recently revealed that she identifies with “she/her” pronouns — has come out in defense of Rowling amid the controversy, which began when the fantasy novelist was slammed by transgender activists for tweets mocking an article that used the phrase “people who menstruate” instead of “women.”
“I don’t think J.K. Rowling is transphobic,” Izzard, 58, told the Telegraph, adding that “we need to look at the things she has written about in her blog.”
The “Hannibal” star was referring to an essay the “Fantastic Beasts” scribe posted on her website in June in which she defended her aforementioned comments. In the lengthy piece, Rowling, 55, wrote, “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.”
Izzard seemed to agree, somewhat. “Women have been through such hell over history,” the comic told the Telegraph. “Trans people have been invisible, too. I hate the idea we are fighting between ourselves, but it’s not going to be sorted with the wave of a wand.”
The avid marathon runner added, “I don’t have all the answers. If people disagree with me, fine, but why are we going through hell on this?”
Izzard isn’t the only UK entertainer who has flocked to Rowling’s defense of late. Fellow comedian John Cleese defended his public support of the billionaire in November, tweeting, “I’m afraid I’m not that interested in trans folks.”
They represent a minority in a Hollywood that has been largely been critical of the writer’s stance on gender, and has included “Harry Potter” actors Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint and Eddie Redmayne.
“They [trans people] simply want to live their lives peacefully, and it’s time to let them do so,” said Redmayne, who portrayed a transgender woman in 2015’s Oscar-nominated “The Danish Girl.”