Pete Davidson is a massive Harry Potter fan, but he won’t stand for J.K. Rowling's transphobic remarks.
On the "Weekend Update" segment of Saturday Night Live, the comedian, 26, called the famed author out on her stance. "I long for a few young years ago when the worst things she did were those Fantastic Beasts movies. No discrimination there, they harmed us all equally," he joked on the show, before defending his six Harry Potter tattoos. "I didn’t know that J.K. Rowling was going to go all Mel Gibson."
Davidson went on to admit he's scared of getting tattoos because of the matter. "I have a Game of Thrones tattoo and now I'm terrified [author] George R.R. Martin is going to be like, 'Hey, if you enjoyed what I had to say about dragons and dire wolves, wait till you hear what I think about Puerto Ricans,'" he said. "I also have a Winnie the Pooh tattoo. Am I gonna have to find out he was diddling Piglet the whole time? It's crazy times we live in! It’s not fair."
After calling her remarks "disappointing," the comedian posed the big question. "What’s wrong with her? 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? She’s a national treasure," he continued.
Over the summer, Rowling repeatedly shared remarks that were labeled transphobic by many, including Harry Potter star Daniele Radcliffe. Responding to an article titled "Creating a More Equal Post-COVID-19 World for People Who Menstruate," the author criticized the feature for pushing the idea that "gender non-binary persons menstruate." Mockingly, she replied, "I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex removes the ability of many to meaningfully discuss their lives. It isn’t hate to speak the truth."
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