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‘She didn’t say anything transphobic’: Ex-Mumford & Sons star Winston Marshall endorses ‘cancelled’ JK Rowling

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“She only advocated for women. It’s appalling,” said the former Mumford & Sons banjoist

LONDON, UK: Winston Marshall has expressed his support for JK Rowling, who has been called out by many for her stance on transgender people. The former Mumford & Sons banjoist himself was reportedly a target of Cancel culture after praising Andy Ngo’s book Unmasked: Inside Antifa’s Radical Plan to Destroy Democracy. However, Marshall has claimed he understood Rowling’s pain even before he faced criticism himself.

Speaking to Fox News Digital, the 34-year-old said: “I had sympathy before. Because I find it outrageous what happened to her. The level of misogyny she had to endure. It’s despicable. If it doesn’t get your blood boiling, I think that says a lot about you.”

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The podcaster referenced Rowling’s comments she made in 2020. She tweeted, “If sex isn’t real then there is no same-sex attraction. When sex is not real, the lived reality of women worldwide is erased. I know and love trans people, but erasing the concept of sex robs many of their ability to meaningfully talk about their lives. It’s not hate to tell the truth.”

“The notion that women like me, who have been empathetic to trans people for decades and feel related because they are just as vulnerable as women — i.e., to male violence — ‘hate’ trans people because they believe sex is real and consequences are lived has – is nonsense. I respect the right of every trans person to live in a way that feels authentic and comfortable for them. I would march with you if you were discriminated against for being trans. At the same time, my life is shaped by my wife. I don’t think it’s hateful to say that,” she added.

The Harry Potter author’s words had brought her a lot of negative publicity, as Daniel Radcliffe reportedly said, “Transgender women are women. Any statement to the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people and contradicts all advice from healthcare professional organizations who have far more expertise on the subject than either Jo or I.”

“To any people who now feel that their experience of the books has been marred or diminished, I am deeply sorry for the pain these comments have caused them. I really hope you don’t completely lose what was precious to you in those stories,” the 33-year-old actor added at the time.

However, Marshall also emphasized in the interview that a cancellation was “very painful”. He shared: “It’s a very difficult position for one of these artists. It’s a very painful experience to lose everything just because you have wrong opinions, perfectly legitimate opinions, you know? In fact, I would say compassionate opinions, these problems. She takes care of women, for example. She takes care of kids, look what they do to kids, put puberty blockers on kids, irreversible surgeries.”

“These children are sterilized. Someone has to stand up for them. Someone needs to take action to stop girls being bullied out of sport. Someone has to stand up for the truth. So these are really important issues,” concluded Marshall.

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