Jonathan Ross defends JK Rowling after sparking outrage for 'anti-trans' tweets

Jonathan Ross has stepped in to defend author JK Rowling after she sparked outrage for posting a series of ‘anti-trans’ tweets.

The Harry Potter author angered fans after commenting on a story with a headline that read: ‘Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate.’

Taking issue with the phrasing, JK wrote: ‘”People who menstruate”. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’

Her remark was immediately hit with backlash, with many branding the writer ‘transphobic’ and explaining that it’s not just cis-gender women who menstruate.

This prompted JK to post again: ‘If sex isn’t real, there’s no same-sex attraction. If sex isn’t real, the lived reality of women globally is erased.’

However, comedian Jonathan has since defended the author’s comments as he branded her ‘both right and magnificent’.

Taking to Twitter he said: ‘I just ate too many brownies. Again. Oh, and also. @jk_rowling is both right and magnificent.

‘For those accusing her of transphobia, please read what she wrote. She clearly is not.’

And while some of his followers reached out with messages of support, the TV presenter sparked further backlash from people, who quickly rushed to respond to his remarks. has reached out to Jonathan Ross and JK Rowling’s reps for comment.

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