As Twitchy reported, “Star Wars” actor Mark Hamill apologized for liking a tweet by “Harry Potter” author J.K. Rowling, using the excuse that he didn’t realize the hashtag #IStandWithMaya “had any transphobic connotation.”
The hashtag #IStandWithMaya is used in support of Maya Forstater, who lost her job in the U.K. because of “transphobic” tweets arguing that there are two sexes and “men cannot change into women.” A judge upheld her firing. Here again is the tweet that allegedly ruined the legacy of “Harry Potter” for millions.
Dress however you please.
Call yourself whatever you like.
Sleep with any consenting adult who’ll have you.
Live your best life in peace and security.
But force women out of their jobs for stating that sex is real? #IStandWithMaya #ThisIsNotADrill
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) December 19, 2019
Variety’s Adam B. Vary, who recently tipped us off to the two seconds of queer representation in “The Rise of Skywalker,” writes that GLAAD reached out to Rowling’s PR team to set up a discussion with members of the trans community. Rowling’s reps turned down the offer.
LGBTQ advocacy group @glaad says they reached out to @jk_rowling's PR team and offered to facilitate an off-the-record discussion between the best-selling author and members of the trans community. Rowling’s reps declined. More here: https://t.co/77D6sR8Ldm
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) December 19, 2019
— EducatëdHillbilly™ (@RobProvince) December 21, 2019
J.K. Rowling’s support of U.K. researcher Maya Forstater — who was fired for anti-trans tweets — “puts trans people at risk,” says Anthony Ramos, head of talent at LGBTQ rights organization GLAAD.
“J.K. Rowling, whose books gave kids hope that they could work together to create a better world, has now aligned herself with an anti-science ideology that denies the basic humanity of people who are transgender,” says Ramos in a statement. “Trans men, trans women and non-binary people are not a threat, and to imply otherwise puts trans people at risk. Now is the time for allies who know and support trans people to speak up and support their fundamental right to be treated equally and fairly.”
Maybe it was just us, but we interpreted #IStandWithMaya as being more of a pro-free speech hashtag than an “anti-science” hashtag putting transgender people at risk.
ABSOLUTELY NOWHERE is it saying that Rowling is against trans in ANY way, she is saying she is supporting them, as they should be supported. What she is saying is that to have a woman fired over saying that men can’t ‘become’ biological women is absurd, which it IS!
— ~Someone~like~you~ (@Someone81521029) December 19, 2019
Good for #JKRowling‘s team.
There’s nothing to discuss.
She said nothing wrong. Bad faith activist in the #trans community have completely distorted what she said here. Shame on them.
— MIKE BRESLIN’S WINE CAVE TWEETS (@mikebreslin815) December 21, 2019
Maybe if they were less hostile, they'd get further?
What is "anti trans" about saying people can live & look as they want? What's "anti trans" about science? Or women's rights?
Do you think those things are all in opposition to trans rights? In which case, shouldn't we worry?
— forwomen.scot (@ForwomenScot) December 19, 2019
“Reached out” = attempted to bring back to heel.
See …women have slipped the leash man? We are yapping it up all over the front garden. It’s so much fun not listening to men.
— Jean Hatchet (@JeanHatchet) December 20, 2019
Or to put it another way, GLAAD attempted to silence JK Rowling by the backdoor, out of the public eye so you wouldn't look like the bunch of fascists that you are.
— Mark Spark (@Reddy_Sorted) December 19, 2019
— W. Burlette Carter (@wddaughter) December 19, 2019
Off the record and behind the scenes is how these groups use their economic power to oppress vulnerable classes and avoid challenge. Keep it all in the sunlight. Let people see what is going on.
— W. Burlette Carter (@wddaughter) December 19, 2019
🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣 Discussion about what? She said what she said, and she is correct to marvel that refusing to lie about biological sex is a fireable offense.
— Black Together Again (@KProtein19) December 19, 2019
Surely they want to discuss her retracting her statement and going on an apology tour ala @mariolopezviva. Good for her. I hope she doesn't back down
— Ella (@norticalique) December 19, 2019
So sinister. Like a cult trying to bring someone in so they can indoctrinate them.
— Ani ⚢ XX (@aniobrien) December 20, 2019
Finally, hopefully one day make a movie of the first celebrity who had the courage to refuse the demand to submit and apologise for standing up for the obvious.
— martin taylor (@questfortruth10) December 21, 2019
As long as people are halfway decent, there's no reason to compel uniformity. Groups like glaad soon become professional extortion rackets. The "offer to facilitate" is characteristic of an extortion racket: increases their power while making them appear reasonable.
— Eric Yost (@The_Eric_Yost) December 21, 2019
First question, why do people think talking to a handful of unelected members of an 'identity group' is the same as talking to a representation of that group?
Second question, following that logic, how would talking to a few people off the record help?
— JChannel (@JChannel17) December 20, 2019
If yours is a human rights cause why off the record? Surely this is your chance to gain worldwide attention to your cause? Why so shy? I'd have thought you'd want to go public if only to condemn the abuse & calls for book burning that trans rights activists have been part of, no?
— pam g (@PGtwweets) December 19, 2019
Good for her. Never give in to the mob.
— Beau Geste (@BeauGeste11) December 21, 2019
Good. She doesn’t need to be gaslighted.
— Leya (@Indy_Leya) December 20, 2019
When do we get to prosecute this for the racketeering scheme it really is?
— Michelle Naef (@MichelleNaef) December 19, 2019
“Discussion” involves both sides’ views being heard. Somehow I doubt that’s what they had in mind with this offer.
— Francis Weldon (@CountWeldon) December 20, 2019
Will you be rounding up people who don't deny basic biological facts for re-education….going to need hell of a big place to host a population
— louise stewart (@louisestewartLs) December 19, 2019
Do they want to talk to me too? Didn’t think so…
— Martina Navratilova (@Martina) December 19, 2019
Nope … Martina Navratilova is canceled.
'Send her to the gulag!' LGBT athlete group boots Martina Navratilova over 'transphobic' comments https://t.co/0dfcAieI7y
— Twitchy Team (@TwitchyTeam) February 20, 2019