John Cleese 'baffled' by debate over JK Rowling tweet

John Cleese at BFI Southbank on December 7th, 2014 in London, England. (Danny E. Martindale / Getty Images)
John Cleese has admitted that he is "stunned" by all the controversy surrounding JK Rowling's recent tweet.
The Harry Potter author was accused of being transphobic after posting a message on Twitter protesting the use of the word "people" to describe those who menstruate instead of the word "women".
She denied that she was transphobic and posted a long blog post defending her position, but was hit by a backlash.
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Cleese has now entered the debate and asked his fans why Rowling's words were considered so offensive.
"I'm amazed at the debate about JKR," said the 80-year-old actor.
JK Rowling (Evan Agostini / Invision / AP, Archivo)
"Am I right, if I declare myself a woman tomorrow, must anyone who does not accept this hate me?
"This is a real request for information, even if the question seems strange even to many older people?"
One follower replied that it was "rather the lack of empathy for trans people".
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I am amazed at the debate about JKR

Am I right, if I declare myself a woman tomorrow, must anyone who doesn't accept it hate me?

This is a real information request, even if the question seems strange even to many older people?
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The Monty Python star shared the post and wrote, “I really want people to do what makes them happy, and I despise people who try to stop them.
"I just think if you ask real questions about gender, it doesn't mean that you hate someone."
Cleese also referred to the debate about athletes.
“When I talk to women athletes - that is, women who have been women all their lives - I find that it is not fair for them to compete against women who have had male bodies at some point, because men are usually taller and stronger than women. Is that hate? "he asked.
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Another person said to the star: "There is debate about whether the struggles and experiences of being a woman are inextricably linked to a woman's biology. JKR and many feminists think it is. Many transactivists believe that this is not the case and consider the term transphobic. "
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Transphobic in the sense that anyone who disagrees with them must hate them?

Because -phobic implies hatred and disgust, doesn't it?
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There is debate about whether the struggles and experiences of being a woman are inextricably linked to a woman's biology. JKR and many feminists think it is. Many transactivists believe that this is not the case and consider the term transphobic.
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However, the actor replied: "Transphobic in the sense that anyone who disagrees with them has to hate them?
"Because -phobic implies hatred and disgust, doesn't it?"
Rowling's original tweet was released earlier this month.
In connection with an article entitled "Opinion: Creating an Equal Post-COVID-19 World for Menstruating People", she wrote: "I am sure there was a word for these people in the past. Someone is helping me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? "
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"People who menstruate." I am sure that there was a word for these people in the past. Someone is helping me. Bowing? Wimpund? Woomud?

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Harry Potter stars Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson were among those who expressed their support for trans people after the controversy.

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