90 Actresses Say No to Play Criticizing J.K. Rowling Gender Beliefs—Maybe They Agree With Her?

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The transgender activist community is finding it harder than they thought to get women behind the cause in their opposition to revered author J.K. Rowling. Rowling has been engaged in a bitter battle of views as transgender laws in Scotland have infringed upon women's rights and safety, per the author.

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Creators of a play critical of Rowling's views on transgenderism have said that their project has experienced unusual resistance. The fictional play's storyline is written around an intervention from Harry Potter actors Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, and Daniel Radcliffe. The title of the play is "TERF," which stands for Trans Exclusionary Radical Feminist. 

While the male roles for the actors have been filled, over 90 actresses have passed over the female roles, despite claims by the producers that the pay is good and the script is well written. 

"There is some suggestion that the actress may have ideological misgivings about the play, or be concerned about a potential backlash," The Telegraph speculated.

It would be naive to think that the artistic world has suddenly gone conservative, but maybe they are onto something. For starters, J.K. Rowling is a modern-day legend. The Harry Potter books have sold over 500 million copies, and their impact on our generation is indisputable. But also, J.K. is not your typical far-right right-winger. In fact, in 2007 Rowling made controversy for revealing that Dumbledore, one of the lead characters in the Harry Potter series, was gay.

The left was elated and thought the icon would be their titan for the cause. They were wrong.

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Rowling rightfully clarifies that the trans movement is not about supporting queer people. It's a dangerous, narcissistic movement that takes away freedoms from others, with women being the greatest victims.

"This project has met some kind of resistance every step of the way, though I’ve been generally surprised by how difficult it has been for us to recruit the female cast in particular," creative producer Barry Church-Woods told the outlet [The Telegraph].

Perhaps the play producers can't get women to fill the role because even if the actresses aren't as bold as J.K. has been to speak out, they agree with her and want their freedoms protected. One of Rowling's biggest arguments is the safety of women and the necessity of single-sex spaces. 

The Harry Potter actors represented in the script are Watson, Grint, and Radcliffe, who all publicly washed their hands of Rowling when pressure mounted over her statements. They each released statements disagreeing with Rowling on her stance and offering support to the transgender community. When told that one day they might come to their senses and apologize, the author was quick to shoot down any hopes of reconciliation.

"Celebs who cosied up to a movement intent on eroding women’s hard-won rights and who used their platforms to cheer on the transitioning of minors can save their apologies for traumatised detransitioners and vulnerable women reliant on single-sex spaces."

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Related: JK Rowling Says She Can't Forgive Harry Potter Stars for Their Betrayal Over Transgender Issues


Rowling is a modern-day freedom fighter, and she isn't concerned with making friends with people she sees as cowering in the cause. She is a new kind of feminist, one who is standing up for women's rights to faux-feminists of the far left. It will be a daunting task for whoever chooses to take the role in the play. Not many women will be so daring. The good news for the playwrights is that, according to their standards, if they can't get a woman, they can always get a man. 

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