Pete Davidson calls out J.K. Rowling for her transphobic comments on 'Saturday Night Live'
Pete Davidson spoke about J.K. Rowling on "SNL". Dimitrios Kambouris / Getty Images; John Phillips / Getty Images
Pete Davidson spoke out against the author J.K. Rowling's troubled comments on transgender people on this week's episode of Saturday Night Live.
In June, the Harry Potter author published a self-published essay on her views on transgender people, many of whom have said they are transphobic.
Davidson, who has numerous "Harry Potter" tattoos and is a self-identified fan of the show, said he was "very disappointed" to learn Rowling's attitude.
On "SNL," the comedian said he "didn't know J.K. Rowling was all going to Mel Gibson" when he got his tattoos.
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Pete Davidson may have several "Harry Potter" tattoos, but that doesn't mean he's J.K. Rowling, the writer of the series who has been criticized in the past few months for her attitude towards transgender people.
On "Weekend Update," a popular recurring segment on NBC's "Saturday Night Live," the 26-year-old comedian responded to Rowling's comments and said he was "very disappointed."
"I long for a few young years when the worst thing she did was those 'Fantastic Beasts' films. No discrimination, they harmed us all equally," he said to Colin Jost, the cast member of SNL ".
Davidson noted that, like many other "Harry Potter" fans, he has six tattoos inspired by the fantasy series - from ink representing the sorting hat to a golden snitch. He added, however, that he "didn't know J.K. Rowling was going all over Mel Gibson" when he got the tattoos, referring to the controversial actor who got in the hot water a decade ago because of his racist comments.
"I have a 'Game of Thrones' tattoo and now I'm scared. [Author] George RR Martin is going to say,' Hey, if you liked what I had to say about dragons and terrible wolves, wait until you hear something I think of Puerto Ricans! '"Davidson joked. "It's crazy times we live in! It's not fair."
And the self-identified "Harry Potter" fan didn't stop there.
"She's creating a seven-book fantasy series 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?" he was joking. "She's a national treasure."
As early as June, Rowling wrote an essay that contained the since then debunked claim that an "explosion" of young women canceled the transition.
The essay came after the British author took to Twitter to suggest that only women can menstruate. The trans community was quick to hold Rowling accountable, finding that trans men can menstruate just as much as those who are gendered and non-binary. Many people viewed her repeated comments as transphobic and have since grappled with how they feel as "Harry Potter" fans, including stars of the films like Danielle Radcliffe.
For the past several years, Davidson has been talking about being a Harry Potter fan since he was a little boy.
"I've read all of the books," he told Rolling Stone in 2016, adding that he was "very excited" after seeing the first film.
And Davidson said the films still hold up.
"You can see it and it's not cheesy. And you can still see it now and it's not cheesy," he said then. "There are great characters. And it's not like a Lamea love story that they try to put in everything. Like, Harry doesn't even get p ---- like. It's great."
The next year, Davidson admitted that he had questioned getting "Harry Potter" tattoos.
"It seemed like a really good idea at the time, but what if one of the people in the cast ends up like a sex offender?" he asked during an episode of "Late Night With Seth Meyers". "That's a huge cast. So if someone comes out as a sex offender, I'm fucked up."
Pete Davidson has several "Harry Potter" tattoos. Diversity / YouTube
While dating Ariana Grande in 2018, the duo wore Hogwartz uniforms, proving that he was still a fan of the popular series.
However, after the comedian admitted he hadn't read the show after Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, fans began asking if Davidson was ever really a fan.
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