Pete Davidson tore into J.K Rowling for her comments on transgender issues on last night’s Saturday Night Live, branding her words ‘very disappointing.’
The comedian stopped by Weekend Update to deliver his thoughts on the Harry Potter author, who sparked outrage over recent months with her remarks on trans people.
Rowling has been accused of being ‘transphobic’, although she has insisted she is not.
Asked how he felt when he first heard Rowling had said something about trans people, Pete responded: ‘It really hurt because I have a close connection to those movies.
‘I even look like Dobby the house elf if he became a TikTok rapper. The only difference between me and Dobby is I’m a real person and his movies get released in theatres.’
Pete branded the whole saga of Rowling’s comments ‘very disappointing.’
‘What’s wrong with her?’ he went onto add. ‘She creates a seven-book fantasy series about all types of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves and the one thing she can’t wrap her head around is Laverne Cox?’
In June this year, Rowling, 55, in response to the phrase ‘people who menstruate’, argued that same-sex attraction and the reality of women are erased if ‘sex isn’t real’.
She later defended her views and penned a lengthy essay explaining why she spoke out.
More recently, she has liked a tweet opposing a ban on conversion therapy, claimed there is a conflict between ‘the radical trans movement and women’s rights’, and she has handed back a human rights award after having her views questioned.
‘As a longstanding donor to LGBT charities and a supporter of trans people’s right to live free of persecution, I absolutely refute the accusation that I hate trans people or wish them ill, or that standing up for the rights of women is wrong, discriminatory, or incites harm or violence to the trans community,’ Rowling said in a statement as she addressed handing back the award.
‘Like the vast majority of the people who’ve written to me, I feel nothing but sympathy towards those with gender dysphoria, and agree with the clinicians and therapists who’ve got in touch who want to see a proper exploration of the factors that lead to it.
‘They – along with a growing number of other experts and whistleblowers – are critical of the “affirmative” model being widely adopted, and are also concerned about the huge rise in the numbers of girls wanting to transition.’
Stars of the Harry Potter franchise including Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint have all spoken out to affirm their support for trans people in the wake of her comments.
More recently, however, Nearly Headless Nick star John Cleese defended his support of Rowling.
Saturday Night Live airs on NBC in the US.
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