Rachel Riley Controversy: Rachel Riley said that a lot of the hate JK Rowling gets for her views on trans rights is because she spoke out “for Jews and against Jeremy Corbyn.”
Rachel, the host of Countdown, said she thought her show would be “canceled” after she praised J.K. Rowling‘s charitable work. In the past few years, JK’s comments about trans issues have caused a lot of controversies. In 2020, she made fun of the phrase “people who menstruate,” which is gender-neutral.
She wrote, “I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Can you help me out? Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” LGBT groups like Stonewall are among those who have said bad things about the author.
Rachel Riley talked to the Sunday Times about the controversy and said, “I think a lot of the attacks on J.K. Rowling are really because she spoke up for Jews and against Jeremy Corbyn and antisemitism.” She also said, “She has changed the world in a big way. And saying this will be enough to get both of us fired.”
In 2020, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) said that the Labour Party could have dealt with antisemitism better “if the leadership had chosen to do so.” Jeremy Corbyn said at the time that antisemitism was “absolutely abhorrent,” but that our political opponents were greatly exaggerating the size of the problem for political gain.
The Statement Got Him Kicked out Of the Party
He later said he didn’t mean to “diminish concerns” about antisemitism. Rachel posted on Twitter after her last comment, “I support trans rights so people can live how they want, and I support J.K. Rowling, who also does.” “Everyone knows that if you say anything about this subject, you’ll get attacked. It’s awful, and I feel so bad for the people who are directly affected by this negativity.”
JK had also tweeted in the past, “I respect every trans person’s right to live in any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them. I’d march with you if you were treated unfairly because you were trans.
“At the same time, being a woman has changed my life. I don’t think it’s meant to say that.” Rachel also got £10,000 in damages at the end of last year after suing Laura Murray, who used to work for Corbyn, for slander.