While presenting at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Awards, Emma Watson once again made it clear she stands with the trans community and against the anti-trans views of Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling.
Rebel Wilson hosted the show on Sunday and introduced Watson by declaring, “She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch.”
When Watson took the mic, she immediately emphasized, “I’m here for all of the witches by the way,” which many are taking as a direct rebuke of Rowling and a clear stance for the trans community.
After Rowling made it clear that she is a trans-exclusionary radical feminist (TERF), Watson publicly spoke out in support of the trans community, tweeting, “Trans people are who they say they are and deserve to live their lives without being constantly questioned or told they aren’t who they say they are.”
“I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.”
I want my trans followers to know that I and so many other people around the world see you, respect you and love you for who you are.
— Emma Watson (@EmmaWatson) June 10, 2020
Fans gushed over Watson’s declaration at the BAFTA awards.
“Emma Watson’s “I’m here for *all* of the witches, by the way” was a giant dig at JK and I love her for it,” wrote one Twitter user.
Emma Watson’s “I’m here for *all* of the witches, by the way” was a giant dig at JK and I love her for it 💗 #BAFTAs
— MX W0RLD🌹 (@charlottealiced) March 13, 2022
“As if Emma Watson needed anything else to be utterly perfect,” wrote another.
"I'm here for all the witches"😭❤️❤️ As if Emma Watson needed anything else to be utterly perfect.
— Carol Rogia (Carol ASMR) (@carolrogia) March 14, 2022
Rowling’s continued transphobic antics have led many Harry Potter fans to distance themselves from her.
The author has issued diatribes about transgender people, come out in support of conversion therapy for trans people, and claimed that almost everyone agrees with her, even as famous people that she has worked with condemned her words. She also published a book about a man who wears dresses in order to kill women.