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Full List of Celebrities Defending JK Rowling

Several celebrities have defended author JK Rowling following speculation she could be arrested following the introduction of a new hate crime law in Scotland.

Before English-born Rowling wrote one of the Harry Potter novels that eventually made her a name and made her one of the richest people in the United Kingdom, she moved to Edinburgh, the capital of Scotland, in the 1990s.

In recent years, she has gained notoriety for expressing controversial views on transgender people, which some LGBTQ+ activists have labeled “transphobic,” a term that Rowling has consistently refuted.

But regardless of her views on the matter, a minister from the ruling Scottish National Party (SNP) has said some of her comments, including deliberately naming a person the wrong gender, could land her in trouble under Scotland's new hate crime and public order law.

JK Rowling at the Royal Festival Hall on March 29, 2022 in London, England. She gained notoriety for expressing her controversial views on transgender people, which were defended by some celebrities.

Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images for Warner Bros.

Siobhian Brown, the Minister for Victims and Community Safety, told The Daily Telegraph that, for example, calling a transgender woman “he” instead of using the pronouns that correspond to her gender identity could be considered a criminal offence.

However, Police Scotland has since said in a statement that the author's social media posts about transgender people will not be treated as a criminal offence. “We have received complaints related to the social media post. The comments will not be considered criminal and no further action will be taken,” a spokesperson said.

Rowling has criticized the new law in numerous posts on X, formerly Twitter. While some people online have condemned Rowling's view, some famous faces have supported the author.

A representative for Rowling declined to comment when contacted by Newsweek via email on Wednesday.

Jordan Peterson

One person who has defended Rowling is Jordan Peterson, a clinical psychologist and cultural critic who has gained attention for his controversial views on gender, identity and political correctness.

Peterson shared one of Rowling's recent posts criticizing transgender activist Beth Douglas. The author shared screenshots of Douglas' previous posts in which she was holding an ax and knife, along with the caption: “I heard y'all hate trans women, knives and axes. Kind regards from Glasgow.”

Douglas was suspended from the Scottish Green Party for these posts in February 2023, but was later reinstated.

“Scotland’s hate crime law comes into force today,” Rowling wrote alongside the screenshots on Monday. “Women do not, of course, receive any additional protection, but well-known trans activist Beth Douglas, favorite of prominent Scottish politicians, falls into a protected category. Phew!”

Peterson reposted Rowling's tweet, adding: “What on earth happened in Scotland? Keep it up @jk_rowling. Let the fools have both barrels.”

At the time of writing, Peterson's post had received more than 605,900 views.

Like Rowling, Peterson has also come under fire for his comments about transgender people.

The Canadian psychologist was suspended from X in 2022 after declaring transgender actor Elliot Page dead. Page came out as a trans man on social media in 2020, revealing his new name and pronouns “he/his” and “they/them.”

Peterson also caused an uproar after misrepresenting YouTuber Jazz Jennings.

Caitlyn Jenner

Reality star and former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner shared a post with X on Tuesday in which she called Rowling's possible arrest “absurd.”

“JK Rowling faces arrest for 'misgendering'…absurd!” Jenner wrote in a post with 100,000 views. “This has gone way too far! You can 'respect' people's pronouns or not. We cannot force or coerce this type of speech with the threat of prison time.”

Jenner came out as a transgender woman in 2015, but caused controversy with her desire to ban transgender people from participating in sports competitions and ban the teaching of gender identity in schools.

JK Rowling is threatened with arrest for “misgendering”… absurd! This has gone way too far! You may or may not “respect” other people’s pronouns. We cannot force or coerce this kind of speech with the threat of prison time. Great conversation with you @MariaBartiromo

— Caitlyn Jenner (@Caitlyn_Jenner) April 2, 2024

Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly has offered to be Rowling's voice if she believes she is being silenced by the new law introduced in Scotland.

The former Fox host shared Rowling's same post as Peterson and added her own comments.

“Hey @jk_rowling and all Scots – whatever true fact you want to say about the cult of gender, just message me and I'll say it on my show in front of millions of people,” she wrote.

“Scotland cannot imprison those of us on this side of the pond; (for now) we still have freedom of speech in America, which is why I can say: men cannot become women. He is not hers. These surgical wounds are not vaginas. Facial feminization will never make a man feminine. Men who play women's sports are vile cheaters. Men don't belong in women's restrooms, locker rooms, sororities, prisons, or gynecology offices. Men cannot have children. Breastfeeding is child abuse.”

At the time of writing, the post has been viewed 862,300 times.

Kelly also spoke about the news on her show The Megyn Kelly Show, where she warned that the US was heading down the same path, saying: “Far too many blue states are getting dangerously close to Scotland.”

Hello @jk_rowling and all Scots – whatever true fact you want to say about the cult of gender, just message me and I'll announce it to millions of people on my show. Scotland cannot confine us on this side of the pond; (For now) we still have free speech in America, namely… https://t.co/34bCuOdK8m

— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) April 2, 2024

Rishi Sunak

British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak supported Rowling in her criticism of the new law.

“People should not be criminalized for stating simple facts about biology,” Sunak said in a statement shared with the Telegraph. “We believe in free speech in this country, and conservatives will always protect it.”

Backlash against Rowling

While some may defend Rowling's views, others have disagreed with the author over the years.

A person who supported the new bill in Scotland and often asked, with Rowling on her, why the gender component of the law attracted so much attention and debate.

“Why is this law being portrayed as 'controversial' by the British media? Scotland is against hate? Wow. What is significant is that the new laws also apply to race and religion, but ONLY the fact that transphobic abuse could be stopped is causing criticism.” she wrote on X.

Rowling first caused controversy for her views on transgender people in 2018 when she “accidentally” liked a tweet that called trans women “men in dresses.”

In 2019, Rowling received further backlash for supporting Maya Forstater, a British researcher who was fired after making transphobic comments.

“Dress however you want. Call yourself whatever you want. Sleep with any consenting adult who wants you. Live your best life in peace and security. “But force women out of their jobs because they say sex is real?” Rowling said on social media at the time.

After the author published further anti-transgender posts, Harry Potter actors Daniel Radcliffe, Bonnie Wright, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson – who played Harry, Ginny, Ron and Hermione in the films – condemned Rowling The author was not included in Harry Potter Reunion Special 2022.

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