Piers Morgan defends JK Rowling over ‘transphobic’ comments despite long-running feud

JK Rowling has stirred controversy in recent years but Piers Morgan has defended her – explaining she was treated ‘despicable’ for her views

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Piers Morgan has defended JK Rowling, claiming there is a “toxic debate” about women’s rights and that the author has been treated “despicably” in recent years for sharing her views.

It follows backlash against the 56-year-old author over comments she’s made regarding gender identity and the transgender community.

These included controversy over the definition of a woman, particularly in relation to menstruation, with such stimulating criticism of the author best known for the Harry Potter series.

Rowling previously said that she “respects the right of every trans person to live in a way that feels comfortable to them,” but said it wasn’t “hateful” for her to talk about her life “being a woman ‘ was coined.

While she has faced a lot of criticism for her comments, Morgan, 56, is among those who have defended Rowling despite previously falling out.

JK Rowling has caused controversy with her views on what defines a woman


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The journalist opened about the situation in a column for The sun published earlier today, in which he shared his views on the debate and gender identity.

In the long column, Morgan said he “respects” a trans person’s right to be referred to by their preferred pronoun and “unequivocally” supports their right to equality and fairness.

However, he said he disagreed with the whole discourse surrounding the community, stating that “you can’t do that […] deny the reality of biological sex” – and call it “irrefutable”.

Piers Morgan came to her defense in a recent opinion piece


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Morgan said those who “dare to defend women’s right to be called women or state simple biological facts about sex” should be prepared for a backlash.

He said such individuals are likely to be “viciously shamed, slandered and abused by the intolerant Cancel Culture mob” who will attempt to destroy the individual’s life.

The journalist said Rowling was “the worst victim” of such backlash, and he commented that the way she was treated was an “absolute disgrace”.

Rowling is best known for writing the Harry Potter book series


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He said she became the “poster child for alleged trans-bashing” when she expressed concern about government plans for people to declare their own gender.

Morgan said he had “no reason” to defend her and admitted they had a “protracted feud” of their own – which he says was sparked by his friendship with Donald Trump.

He said she has in the past called the journalist an “unfactual, amoral, bigoted, apologetic celebrity,” although he now feels he needs to stand up for her.

Morgan shared his views on how Rowling was treated in his article


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Morgan said the reason for this was her “sticking to basic facts about biology”.

He said she had “done nothing wrong” other than “boldly” defending other women in the “increasingly toxic debate” he had recently intensified.

Morgan said she was subsequently treated “despicable” by many women – who lacked her clear vision and “iron determination” to fight for women’s rights.

He closed the column – in which he offered different views on the broader debate – by stating that there’s a “special place in hell” for women who target Rowling.

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