Harry Potter studio Warner Bros responds to JK Rowling's comments on transgender people

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Harry Potter studio Warner Bros and Universal Parks – home to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter – have responded to JK Rowling's comments on transgender people.

This week, the franchise author has been criticised by Potter stars including Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson, as well as LGBTQ+ fans and allies, after she remarked on transgender people with a tweet about menstruation.

"People who menstruate. I'm sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?" she wrote.

Rowling also published a 4,000-word blog post about the issue on Wednesday (June 10) which caused more controversy.

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Following Rowling's comments, Warner Bros released a statement saying that it advocates for a "diverse and inclusive" society.

A spokesperson for WB said (via The Hollywood Reporter): "The events in the last several weeks have firmed our resolve as a company to confront difficult societal issues.

"Warner Bros' position on inclusiveness is well established, and fostering a diverse and inclusive culture has never been more important to our company and to our audiences around the world.

"We deeply value the work of our storytellers who give so much of themselves in sharing their creations with us all. We recognise our responsibility to foster empathy and advocate understanding of all communities and all people, particularly those we work with and those we reach through our content."

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Universal Parks & Resorts, which houses the Wizarding World of Harry Potter rides in Los Angeles and Orlando, also released a statement in response to Rowling.

A spokesperson said: "Our core values include diversity, inclusion and respect for all our guests, as well as our team members.

"Our theme parks are places where people and families of all types are welcome to enjoy their time together. Beyond that, we have no further comment."

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On Wednesday (June 10), Emma Watson distanced herself from Rowling's comments with the following message:

"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."

Watson encouraged her followers to donate to two trans and feminist support groups – Mermaids UK and Mama Cash – and wished the LGBTQ+ community a "Happy Pride 2020".

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