Watch: J.K. Rowling Defends Macy Gray and Bette Midler After TERF Accusations

by Emell Adolphus

EDGE Media Network Contributor

Tuesday July 5, 2022

J.K. Rowling
J.K. Rowling  (Source:Associated Press)

Faster than you can say "expecto patronum," J.K. Rowling has come to the defense of singer Macy Gray and legendary actor Better Midler after they both were accused of being TERFS for separately sharing controversial comments about what it means to them to be a woman.

As reported by CNN, Gray appeared on Fox Nation's "Piers Morgan Uncensored" and shared her thoughts on transgender athletes competing in sports.

Anticipating the backlash, Gray began, "everyone's gonna hate me but as a woman, just because you go change your (body) parts, doesn't make you a woman, sorry."

Morgan responded with, "Right, you feel that?"

To which Gray responded with, "I know that for a fact." She added, "Being a little girl is a whole epic book, you know? And you can't have that just because you want to be a woman."

And Gray said "I don't think you should be labeled transphobic just because you don't agree."

Obviously agreeing with Gray, Rowling tweeted: "Today feels like a good day to ensure I've bought @MacyGraysLife's entire back catalogue"

Not one to be outdone in the spotlight, Midler sparked some controversy of her own on America's birthday with an urgent message about women "being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name!"

"They don't call us 'women' anymore; they call us 'birthing people' or 'menstruators, and even 'people with vaginas'!," she tweeted. "Don't let them erase you! Every human on earth owes you!"

The comments brought a flood of questions and concerns about what it is everyone is really fighting for when people talk about "womanhood."

"What is it about 'womanhood' that TERFs (a term defined as a feminist who excludes the rights of transgender women from their advocacy of women's rights) like macy gray and bette midler are so desperate to cling to?" writer Arielle Tschinkel tweeted. "Trans women existing doesn't make me any less of a woman, no matter how different our experiences may be. it's just ridiculous at its core honestly."

Others argued that Midler, Gray and Rowling aren't even on the radars of young trans woman who are looking for support from public icons.

As one user tweeted: "Millennial trans women don't need JK Rowling, Bette Midler & Macy Gray as childhood female heroes anyway ... Not when Beyoncé, Jennifer Lopez, Whoopi Goldberg, Kylie Minogue, Oprah, Goldie Hawn, Jane Fonda, Angelina Jolie & more all said TRANS RIGHTS w their whole chest"

Watch Gray's full interview with Morgan on Fox Nation below.