‘I’m an actress, not an actor’: Dame Maureen Lipman, 76, supports JK Rowling in the trans debate
Dame Maureen Lipman has urged people to stop giving the author a ****** JK Rowling for their views on the language in the area transgender Identities, adding that she is an “actress, not an actress”.
The Coronation Street star urged people not to attack each other for their views as she supported the author’s stance on femininity and chimed in the trans debate.
“I’m an actress, not an actor, and if someone tries to take the word ‘woman’ away from me, I’ll be very angry,” said Dame Maureen.
“When you have to kick someone’s ass like Joanne Rowling, who literally taught a generation to read, something is wrong.”
Dame Maureen Lipman has urged people to stop kicking author JK Rowling’s butt for her views on the language surrounding transgender identity
The Harry Potter author has objected to the phrase “people who menstruate” instead of “women” and as a result has faced strong backlash
“Yes, some of my views can be a bit old-fashioned. But don’t attack me for them. Consider my point of view. Show a little kindness. Be patient,” the 76-year-old told Reader’s Digest.
The Harry Potter author has previously objected to using the phrase “people who menstruate” instead of “women,” prompting strong backlash.
The 56-year-old said using the phrase “erased the lived reality of women around the world.”
It comes as the children’s author defended a disabled schoolgirl who was told she was not entitled to female-only care in school toilets.
The parents of the 16-year-old girl with severe learning disabilities were told two years ago that the school was replacing its “same-sex” intimate hygiene policy with a “unisex” policy.
This meant that male staff could also take part in the student’s personal hygiene – including using the toilet and changing rooms.
“Helen’s” parents expressed their concerns over her falling out with the school in a blog post
JK Rowling blasted the school’s approach on Twitter, saying it would put “extremely vulnerable girls” at risk.
The Harry Potter author added: “This is a farce.
“Have we learned nothing from consecutive abuse scandals? Do we value disabled people so little?’
“Helen’s” parents — not her real name — wrote about her falling out with the school in a post on the Transgender Trend website.
They said the school eventually conceded that Helen could be cared for by women, but only because of “parents’ preference”.
The Harry Potter author delivered a scathing verdict on the school’s controversial policies
Ms Rowling posted a thread of tweets on the dispute, criticizing what she called “cruelty and indifference”.
The author was previously praised by Attorney General Suella Braverman for transgender issues in schools.
The Tory minister said the Harry Potter author had been a “hero” for campaigning for women-only spaces for women-born, adding that schools should be able to sort all children by their birth sex to be treated, since under 18-year-olds cannot legally change their gender.
In April, JK Rowling’s name magically reappeared in the trailer for the film Fantastic Beasts, after it was effectively removed from the original version amid the author’s ongoing transphobia row.
The Harry Potter creator was barely mentioned in the first teaser back in December after many said she was removed from the Guard Brigade for her comments on trans issues.
Its original trailer subtitled “Warner Bros Invites You” instead of “JK Rowling Invites You” as was the case in previous teasers, and pushed Rowling’s name into a small release note at the end.
It has led some to theorize that studio bosses “woke up” the film’s promotional material by removing or hiding Rowling’s name to appeal to millennials and younger — many of whom disagree with her remarks.
That same month, the author hosted some of the country’s most prominent feminists and women’s activists for what she says was a boozy lunch in support of the Respect My Sex campaign.
Guests at The River Cafe in Fulham included Professor Kathleen Stock, who left her job at the University of Sussex after being accused of “transphobia”, and Helen Joyce, who authored Trans: When Ideology Meets Reality.
In April, JK Rowling’s name magically reappeared in the trailer for the film Fantastic Beasts, after it was effectively removed from the original version amid the author’s ongoing transphobia row
Sex Matters co-founder – who has joined forces with other causes under the motto “Respect my sex if you want my X” – Maya Forstater was also there.
They were joined by MP Rosie Duffield and veteran activist and campaigner for queer campaign group Get The L Out – Lesbian NOT Lianne Timmerman.
There was also businesswoman Angela Wild, who says she received daily “death and rape threats” through her T-shirts and badges from transgender rights activists who advocate for women’s rights based on gender.
In May, the 44-year-old was banned from her Twitter account for writing, “All men should be banned from women-only rooms – and they are.”
She was supported by JK Rowling, who retweeted a post claiming Ms Wild had been “sabotaged” by trans activists.
This month, the BBC slammed an arts reporter for making a “misleading” comment about JK Rowling’s views on gender identity.
Tom Sutcliffe made a statement on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on March 24 that JK Rowling’s critical view of whether transgender women are women was “very unpopular”.
The journalist has been complained 584 times and the BBC’s complaints department said there was no evidence Rowling’s view was in the minority.