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Drag Race’s Peppermint rips into JK Rowling’s ‘archaic, ignorant and destructive’ anti-trans views

Josh Milton June 13, 2020
Peppermint (L) ripped into JK Rowling's views on trans people. (Noam Galai/WireImage/Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

Peppermint (L) ripped into JK Rowling's views on trans people. (Noam Galai/WireImage/Taylor Hill/FilmMagic)

RuPaul’s Drag Race alum Peppermint ripped into JK Rowling’s anti-trans tirade Friday afternoon (June 12), dubbing hew views “archaic and ignorant”.

As Harry Potter film stars distance themselves from Rowing’s screed and her views attract widespread denouncement from LGBT+ organisations, the backlash against Rowling has shown little sign of petering out.

Chatting to Entertainment Tonight, Peppermint explained that she wants to have a conversation with the author as she believes Rowling is able to recognise the harm her words are causing.

Peppermint on JK Rowling: ‘What I won’t allow her to do is to insert her ignorance on this situation.’

“I don’t have time for anyone who is being so destructive,” Peppermint told Denny Directo while co-hosting ET Live @ Home.

“JK Rowling is a writer, someone who knows how to use language and the pen.

“Every single post, every single tweet comes off as innocent and unassuming, but it’s extremely calculated.

“JK knows exactly what she’s trying to say and knows exactly what she’s trying to do. And now we know exactly who she is.”

“What I won’t allow her to do is to insert her ignorance on this situation,” she added “her insistence upon relegating trans people to our body parts, while remaining silent about the Black Lives Matter movement.”

“Her tweeting about trans people and trying to tell us who we are and her lack of contribution to the Black Lives Matter conversation just shows her relationship to white supremacy.”

Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, Rupert Grint as well as Eddie Redmayne have all come out swinging for trans rights as support snowballs for the community.

“I applaud them for speaking out,” Peppermint said.

“We’re happy to have you speaking out and contributing to the conversation in a positive way.”

Rowling, once known for her stoop-sitter approach to trans topics, has now become a strident commentator.

The 54-year-old shared an article with the headline “Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate” before making barbed statements on sex and gender in relation to trans identities and issuing a  meandering essay elaborating her views on the “gender critical” movement.

Her remarks became lightning rods for criticism, with many perplexed as to why she was weighing in on trans rights in the throes of the Black Lives Matter protests and a global viral pandemic.

More: Drag Race, Harry Potter, JK Rowling, peppermint, RuPaul's Drag Race, Trans, trans rights

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