Pete Davidson Blasts J.K. Rowling, ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Franchise: ‘Those Films Harmed Us All Equally’
Pete Davidson brought his signature overshare brand to the latest segment of Weekend Update on Saturday Night Live, where anchor Colin Jost asks the comedian and the SNL star for his thoughts on the latest trends and conversation starters. This week Davidson picked up the "Harry Potter" mogul and author J.K. Rowling, who came under fire year-round for her antagonistic stance towards the trans community. See below.
Davidson added that he found Rowling's remarks "disappointing" and said, "I long ago when the worst thing she ever did was those" Fantastic Beasts "films." “You know, no discrimination. These films have harmed us all equally. "
A third installment in Rowling's “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find” series of films is expected to be released in November 2021.
Rowling was widely condemned earlier this year for saying that trans people should be defined by their biological gender, arguing that "when sex isn't real, there is no same-sex attraction". Rowling briefly stopped tweeting, but reappeared with an essay explaining her views. In the play, she dismissed her critics on the grounds that critics harassed her for "wrong thinking" and complained that she "should never expect a nuanced conversation" on Twitter.
"What's wrong with her?" Davidson continued in his "SNL" rant. "She's creating a fantasy series of seven books about all kinds of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves. And the only thing she can't wrap her head around is Laverne Cox? She's a national treasure!"
Davidson also said, "I got a Harry Potter tattoo years ago because I'm not psychic. I knew JK Rowling wanted Mel Gibson to go after us. I have a Game of Thrones tattoo. Now I have one day Scared, George RR Martin will just say, "Hey, if you like what I have to say about dragons and direwolves, wait until you hear what I think about Puerto Rico. I also have a Winnie the Pooh tattoo. Do I need to find out that he cheated on piglets all along? It’s madness! These are crazy times that we live in. "
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