Emma Watson appears to have subtly thrown shade at ‘Harry Potter’ author J.K. Rowling amidst her ongoing anti-trans controversy.
The actress, best known for playing the role of witch Hermione Granger in the eight ‘Harry Potter’ films, attended the BAFTAs in London on March 13. She was there to present the award for best outstanding British film, which went to Kenneth Branagh’s latest work, ‘Belfast’.
Emma Watson Shouts Out To “All Witches” At This Year’s BAFTAs
During the ceremony, Australian actress and comedian Rebel Wilson was on hosting duties and introduced Watson to the stage.
“Here to present the next award is Emma Watson. She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch,” Wilson said as Watson took to the stage.
Watson appeared on stage holding the envelope containing the name of the winning film, saying: “I’m here for all of the witches by the way.”
Many fans saw Watson’s comment as a hint to ‘Harry Potter’ writer J.K. Rowling’s controversial stances against the trans community, with some also shutting down the idea that Watson shouldn’t criticize Rowling due to her breakthrough role in the ‘Harry Potter’ saga.
“I stan Emma Watson all day, every day. Her support for trans people is unequivocal, with no both-sidesing and no trying to appease Rowling or her army of hate. Just look at the vitriol she receives every time she speaks up. Horrendous comments from the worst kinds of people,” one fan wrote on Twitter.
“Because someone once gave you a job, that doesn’t mean you must enslave your conscience, your integrity, your very soul to that person. That idea is utterly despicable,” another person wrote.
Rebel Wilson Also Took A Dig At J.K. Rowling
Earlier in the ceremony, Wilson also took a jab at Rowling while commenting on her own weight loss journey.
“That was me two years ago and since then I’ve done quite a transformation – I hope JK Rowling still approves,” Wilson joked after sharing a picture of her from a few years back.
The author first came under fire when she publicly criticized a 2020 article that used the more inclusive “people who menstruate” as opposed to “women”. She has since made headlines for her views, most recently for saying her queer friends are “under attack” for refusing to use inclusive language.
Watson has previously distanced herself from Rowling’s comments.
“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,” Watson wrote on her Twitter in June 2020.