Pete Davidson Condemns J.K. Rowling's 'Disappointing' Transphobic Comments: 'It Really Hurt'
Pete Davidson rethinks his Harry Potter tattoos four months after author J.K. Rowling's controversial comments have been widely condemned as transphobic.
Davidson said he was "really hurt" by Rowling's "very disappointing" remarks about the transgender community during the "Weekend Update" segment on Saturday Night Live.
"It really hurt because I have a close connection with these films," he said on Saturday's broadcast. "I long for a few young years when the worst things she did were those Fantastic Beasts films. No discrimination, these films harmed us all equally."
The 26-year-old King of Staten Island star said he was struggling to understand Rowling's controversial stance, given that she is a fantasy author.
"What's wrong with her?" he asked. "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? She's a national treasure."
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He also said he managed to get pop culture-related ink on his body.
"I don't think I'll ever get a tattoo for the rest of my life," he said. "I got a Harry Potter tattoo years ago because I'm not mental."
“I have a Game of Thrones tattoo and now I'm scared. [Author] George RR Martin will say, 'Hey, if you liked what I had to say about dragons and terrible wolves, wait until you hear what I am think of Puerto Ricans, "Davidson continued. "It's crazy times we live in! It's not fair."
In June, Rowling came under fire after mocking an article titled "Opinion: Creating an Equal World Post COVID-19 for Menstruating People".
"Men who menstruate." I am sure there used to be a word for these people. Someone help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? “Rowling wrote on social media.
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Days after the author received a backlash for her comments, she published a controversial essay about her views on gender, which was also classified as transphobic.
"I refuse to bow to a movement that I believe has been shown to cause harm in trying to undermine 'women' as a political and biological class and protect predators in a way that few have done before" she wrote.
Explaining that she was a survivor of sexual assault and domestic violence, she added, "I want trans women to be safe. At the same time, I don't want born girls and women to be less safe. If you open the doors to bathrooms and changing rooms for everyone Man who believes or feels like a woman ... then open the door for all men who want to come in. "
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Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, responded to the piece, calling it a "misinformed and dangerous letter about transgender people". that "flies in the face of medical and psychological experts and devalues trans people's accounts of their own lives."
Several Harry Potter stars, including Rupert Grint, Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe, also spoke out against Rowling's controversial comments.
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