John Cleese has added his name to a list of signatories of a letter supporting JK Rowling, amid a row over her stance on transgender issues.

It claims that Rowling “has consistently shown herself to be an honourable and compassionate person” – just days after the Harry Potter author promoted a website selling “f**k your pronouns” and “sorry about your d**k bro” badges mocking the trans community. You can change your choices at any time by visiting Your Privacy Controls. Tap ‘Menu’ and then ‘Times Radio’ to listen to the latest well-informed debate, expert analysis and breaking news. Please, The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated.

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John Cleese has added his name to a list of signatories of a letter supporting JK Rowling amid a row over her stance on transgender issues. The letter purports to stand up to “hate speech directed against her and other women”, although its signatories include former comedy writer Graham Linehan, who was banned from Twitter for violating the platform’s rules on hate speech. Yahoo is part of Verizon Media. Information about your device and internet connection, including your IP address, Browsing and search activity while using Verizon Media websites and apps. Registered office: 1 London Bridge Street, SE1 9GF. 894646. transphobia, Enter your email to receive a daily roundup of the top LGBT+ news stories. John Cleese has disappointed fans by declaring he is "proud" to stand alongside JK Rowling in defence of her strong anti-trans views. I see no hatred whatsoever among the signatories of the JKR letter.

“I’m baffled by the debate over JKR [ Rowling ],” the 80-year-old actor/comedian tweeted Thursday to his followers. John Cleese Adds His Name to List of JK Rowling Supporters. Fawlty Towers star John Cleese has defended his support of JK Rowling after a backlash on social media.. Harry Potter author Rowling has been accused of being transphobic after she posted a message on Twitter objecting to the use of the word "people” to describe those who menstruate, instead of the word "women".. John Cleese has added his name to a letter in support of JK Rowling (Samir Hussein/WireImage/Mark Metcalfe/Getty). Transgender activists seem to take this exact mentality with Rowling. The comedy actor, who played Nearly Headless Nick in Rowling’s franchise, said he had added his name to a list of 58 public figures supporting Rowling. It is also signed by several figures from the notorious LGB Alliance,  as well as Atonement author Ian McEwan, who has previously referred to transgender women as “men”,  and We Need to Talk About Kevin writer Lionel Shriver, who has described trans women as a “parody of the female wholly composed of surfaces”. John Cleese has admitted he is “baffled” by all the controversy around JK Rowling’s recent tweet.

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