Tom Daley says he fell in love with Harry Potter in light of JK Rowling’s trans comments

Tom Daley admitted that he was no longer a fan of Harry Potter the light at JK Rowlingthe point of view of transgender people.

Until recently, the Olympic diver was a huge fan of the world of Harry Potter and even chose Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone as his favorite book on BBC Radio 4’s Desert Island records in 2018.

But the gold medal-winning sports star says he no longer likes the books since the author repeatedly shared his beliefs about the trans community and gender identity issues.

Tom Daley (Photo: John Phillips via Getty Images)

Tom Daley (Photo: John Phillips via Getty Images)

Tom Daley (Photo: John Phillips via Getty Images)

“I loved JK Rowling’s books,” he said The temperature. “But it still leaves a bit of…” Here, he seemed about to say “bad taste,” according to the newspaper.

The 26-year-old went on to acknowledge the support he received from the author after evangelical Christians on Twitter claimed he dived badly at the 2016 Olympics because he was gay.

“So the thing is, she’s been supportive of me in the past,” he said, adding that he was grateful for that at the time.

“But then what she said about trans people… It’s one of the hardest things to understand, how trans people think and feel, because she’s never had that experience, in the same way that white people trying to understand the black experience will never be able to understand that.”

JK Rowling (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson via Getty Images)

JK Rowling (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson via Getty Images)

JK Rowling (Photo: Stuart C. Wilson via Getty Images)

Tom said he would now change his Desert Island Disc book choice and choose A New Earth by Eckhart Tollea “spiritual manifesto” about living a life free of anger, jealousy and unhappiness.

When asked what he would say to Rowling in person if they met, he said: “It’s hard because I’m not someone who likes conflict, but I have opinions. and strong beliefs.

“I guess it would be a conversation rather than a shouting match. I always try first to listen and try to understand, then try to share my point of view and opinions and show how things [said] may hurt other people, to try to achieve the best result.

Last week, Graham Norton deleted his Twitter account after his comments about the so-called ‘cancellation of culture’ at the Cheltenham Literature Festival have gone viral.

“The word is the wrong word,” Graham explained. “I think the word should be ‘responsibility’.

“John Cleese has been very public recently, complaining about what you can’t say. And it must be very hard to be a man of a certain age who has been able to say what he wants for years, and now, suddenly, there is a certain responsibility.

He added: “It’s freedom of expression, but not without consequences. I am aware of the things I say.

The interviewer then mentioned JK Rowlingwhich Graham did not name in his response.

“What makes me weird about it is that when I’m asked about it, I’m part of that discussion,” he said. “And also I am painfully aware that my voice adds nothing to this discussion. And I’m a little embarrassed to be kind of dragged into this.

“If people want to bring these issues to light, and I hope people will, then talk to trans people. Talk to parents of trans kids. Talk to the doctors, talk to the psychiatrists, talk to someone who can shed some light on this somehow.

Graham’s comments received an outpouring of support onlinemany praising the way he summed up the debate around “cancel culture”, especially when it comes to sensitive issues.

However, it didn’t take long for Rowling to slam her comments on Twitter, referring to “bearded men” with an opinion.

Retweet a post from the singer Billy Bragg in support of Graham, the Harry Potter The writer tweeted to his 14 million followers on Thursday: “We greatly appreciate the recent surge of bearded men confidently stepping into their soapboxes to define what a woman is and lend their support behind threats of rape. and death to those who dare to disagree.

“You can laugh, but [it] It really takes courage to present yourself as an Old Testament prophet.

Help and support:

  • The Gender Trust supports anyone affected by gender identity | 01527 894 838

  • Sirens offers information, support, friendship and shared experiences for young people with gender identity issues | 0208 1234819

  • LGBT Youth Scotland is the largest youth and community organization for LGBT people in Scotland. Text 07786 202 370

  • Gires provides information for trans people, their families and the professionals who care for them | 01372 801554

  • Depend provides support, advice and information to anyone who knows or is linked to a transgender person in the UK

This article originally appeared on HuffPost UK and has been updated.

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