“I never set out to upset anyone”: JK Rowling says fans have misunderstood her comments about trans people

The writer, one of the most controversial characters of 2020, now speaks on the podcast about tweets labeled as transphobes.

JK Rowling became one of the most controversial characters of 2020. The author of Harry Potter made a series of comments on Twitter about trans people who were labeled as transphobes. A couple of tweets were not enough for the writer, she also wrote an essay about her comments and, in recent months, she has continued to post about it. Now, two years after what happened, Rowling has decided to speak.

The writer is the protagonist of The Witch Trials of JK Rowling, a podcast that premieres on February 21. In it, as can be heard in the preview of the show, Rowling claims that fans have misunderstood his comments.

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“What has interested me in recent years, particularly in social networks [es cuando los fans dicen]: ‘You have ruined your legacy. Oh, you could have been loved forever, but you chose to say this.’ And I think: ‘You couldn’t have misunderstood me more profoundly“says the writer.

Another of Rowling’s statements in the preview are:

I never set out to upset anyone. However, I did not feel uncomfortable coming down from my pedestal.

The podcast has been created by The Free Press, an independent media company founded by Bari Weissa former opinion writer at The New York Times. The podcast features Megan Phelps Roper as a presenter, who grew up in a family of members of the Westboro Baptist Church.

Phelps-Roper is the granddaughter of the founder of this religion, which is known for its hateful messages towards the LGTBQ+ community and its atrocious activities during the funerals of soldiers who died in the war in Afghanistan and in the Iraq war. Phelps-Roper left the church in 2012 and wrote a book about his life called unfollow.

According to the podcast synopsis, The Witch Trials of JK Rowling is a documentary with which to examine the greatest conflicts of the famous author. In it, the writer talks about the controversies that surround her.

Rowling has told on Twitter why she agreed to sit down and talk to Phelps-Roper. “Last year, I received a long and thoughtful letter from Meghan Phelps-Roper inviting me to engage with her in a personal and in-depth dialogue on the issues that have interested me in recent years,” they begin.

“Megan proposed to bring in other voices and see the bigger picture, bringing her own unique point of view as a former fundamentalist who has spent her life over the last decade in complicated conversations. I agreed to sit down with Megan because, having read her wonderful book, unfollow, I thought the two of us could have a real, interesting, two-way conversation that could be constructive.“, he concludes.

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