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Succession's Brian Cox slams 'high and mighty' JK Rowling critics amid transphobia row

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Brian Cox, 76, has spoken out about treatment of the Harry Potter author, slamming her "high and mighty" critics, while also claiming she is "entitled to her opinion".Brian appeared on the BBC show Sunday with Laura Kuenssberg this weekend, where he was asked about the award-winning author.He said as Metro reported: "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."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 JK Rowling, quite frankly."JK Rowling came under fire in December 2019 when she tweeted in support of a British researcher, Maya Forstater, who was fired from the Centre for Global Development over anti-trans stances.The author then later tweeted about taking issue with the phrase "people who menstruate" and has regularly since drawn criticism from the LGBTQ+ community.Critics turned on JK Rowling for reiterating ideologies that had been linked to the trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF) movement that often adopts the belief that trans women are not women.Despite Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and organisations like GLAAD voicing opposition to the author, other Harry Potter stars have supported Rowling's right to express her opinion.Voldemort actor Ralph Fiennes told the New York Times last year: "JK Rowling has written these great books about empowerment, about young children finding themselves as human beings."It's about how you become a better, stronger, more morally centred human being."The verbal abuse directed at her is disgusting, it's appalling.

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