Helena Bonham speaks out against JK Rowling's transphobia backlash

Helena Bonham Carter, the actress who played Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter film series, defended author JK Rowling amid criticism of her anti-trans views.

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Helena Bonham Carter attends the 26th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at The Shrine Auditorium on January 19, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. Photo credit (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images)

She told the The Times UK “She’s allowed her opinion, particularly if she’s suffered abuse,” Carter told the aforementioned publication, referencing Rowling’s past admissions of experiencing sexual assault and domestic abuse.

“Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain,” Carter said. “You don’t all have to agree on everything — that would be insane and boring. She’s not meaning it aggressively, she’s just saying something out of her own experience.”

“You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture,” Carter added. “It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgementalism of people… It has become quite hysterical and there’s a kind of witch hunt and a lack of understanding.”

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