Brian Cox Defends J.K. Rowling's Transphobia

In the words of Logan Roy: "Fuck off"

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BY Sydney BrasilPublished Jan 17, 2023

It costs zero dollars not to endorse J.K. Rowling's rampant and continued transphobia, but for some reason, multiple old-dude celebrities are tempted to defend her. The latest of whom is Brian Cox, who has recently supported the disgraced author's right to "say what she feels about her own body."

The actor — who, with these comments, a little too closely resembles Succession's Logan Roy — voiced his take on Joanne in a recent interview with the BBC news show Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg. When asked about the controversy surrounding Rowling, he said [via Metro]: "I don't like the way she has been treated, actually."

"Actually, I think she's entitled to her opinion, she's entitled to say what she feels, as a woman, she's very much entitled to say what she feels about her own body," he continued, adding, "There's nobody better to say as a woman. So I do feel that people have been a bit high and mighty about their attitude towards J.K. Rowling, quite frankly."

The TERF-ification of Cox comes as a surprise considering his support for Scotland's Gender Recognition Reform bill, which allows trans people to obtain a gender recognition certificate without a medical diagnosis. Cox now stands alongside Helena Bonham Carter, Ralph Fiennes and the late Robbie Coltrane in their support of Rowling. Not all hope is lost, though, as many Harry Potter casters — including Daniel RadcliffeEmma WatsonEddie Redmayne and Harry Melling — have denounced Rowling's actions.

Rowling has doubled, tripled and quadrupled down on her stance on trans people since originally being accused of transphobia in 2019. Beyond her multiple statements and an essay on the matter, her latest book features a transphobic character getting cancelled.

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