Jonathan Ross apologises after defending JK Rowling’s trans comments

Jonathan Ross has backtracked on his earlier defence of JK Rowling over her trans comments and admits he’s ‘not in a position’ to decide what can be deemed transphobic. 

The ITV talk show expressed his support for the Harry Potter author, who has received immense backlash for her comments about trans women and menstruation. 

Defending Rowling, Jonathan tweeted yesterday: ‘@jk_rowling is both right and magnificent. 

‘For those accusing her of transphobia, please read what she wrote. She clearly is not.’

However, his daughter Honey Kinney Ross had a completely different opinion and criticised Rowling. It seems Honey and her sister Betty Kitten had a sit down with Jonathan and swayed him to understand their point of view.

Sharing his change of heart, Jonathan tweeted: ‘Those who know me will concede I try to be thoughtful & not a d**k.

‘Having talked to some people(OK,my daughters)re my earlier tweet,I’ve come to accept that I’m not in a position to decide what is or isn’t considered transphobic. It’s a wildly sensitive subject.Let’s keep talking.’ 

In a series of Instagram Stories, Honey had earlier appeared to criticise the author as she shared memes and other people’s messages that were less than complimentary. One included a reworked image of the cover of Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix, which now read ‘Harry Potter And The Audacity Of This B**ch’. 

It read: ‘Jk rowling really looked at a world protesting en masse against racism and police brutality and said u know what this is the perfect time to use my platform to remind everyone I hate trans people ??????? (sic)’

The 23-year-old activist was joined by her sister, Betty, 28, as she shared a series of tweets, with one accusing Rowling, 54, of ‘hating trans people’. 

Rowling’s original tweets had said: ‘People who menstruate”. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’ 

She later added: ‘If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.’ 

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