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Graham Norton addresses backlash over JK Rowling interview

Fight back: Graham Norton criticized his decision to interview JK Rowling on his Virgin Radio show earlier this month

Graham Norton has criticized his decision to interview JK Rowling on his Virgin Radio show earlier this month.

The talk show host, 59, said the “easiest” thing to do would have been to not have the author, 57, on the show, but said he didn’t “seem not fair” not to interview someone just because they disagreed with them. .

JK Rowling has been accused of transphobia since posting a series of tweets in 2020 where she said that “erasing the concept of sex robs many of the ability to meaningfully discuss their lives.”

Fight back: Graham Norton criticized his decision to interview JK Rowling on his Virgin Radio show earlier this month

Fight back: Graham Norton criticized his decision to interview JK Rowling on his Virgin Radio show earlier this month

Speaking about his differing opinions, Graham said while he wouldn’t want to “air” his opinions, it’s not his decision who can be on TV and radio and who can’t.

Rowling appeared on Graham’s Virgin Radio Show in August to talk about her new novel The Ink Black Heart, the latest in her series of novels written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

‘Am I suddenly the fucking moral arbiter of the world who says who can be on TV or not? No,” Graham told The Times.

“I wouldn’t want her to express her opinions, but she has the right to continue talking about her mystery novel. The easiest thing would be not to have it, but that didn’t seem right.

Views: The talk show host, 59, said the thing

Views: The talk show host, 59, said the ‘easiest’ thing to do would have been to not have the author, 57, on the show, but said it wouldn’t’ didn’t seem fair” not only because he didn’t agree with her

Graham said he didn’t speak to the author about what he described as his “problematic” views on gender identity, but imagines they would disagree on the subject.

But he said he thinks he should always talk to people he disagrees with and reflected on cancel culture, saying Rowling will always sell “a billion pounds”, that whether he interviews her or not.

Rowling is frequently criticized on Twitter for her opinions, and Graham said he got a glimpse of how she “enjoyed” the “pitch” aspect of social media when he interviewed her.

Graham went on to explain that he doesn’t talk politics with his radio show guests, but does touch on gender and race topics.

‘Am I suddenly the fucking moral arbiter?’: Graham said while he didn’t want to ‘broadcast’ his opinions, he insisted it’s not his decision that can be at the television and radio and who cannot

On Graham’s show, JK Rowling described social media as “a gift for people who want to behave maliciously”, after receiving a death threat from an Islamic extremist in response to his support for the stabbing Salman Rushdie.

The Harry Potter author tweeted that she ‘felt very sick now’ and ‘he’s fine’ after Rushdie was stabbed several times as he prepared to give a talk in upstate New York earlier this month.

But an Islamic extremist then appeared to threaten Ms Rowling, writing: ‘you’re next’.

Rowling has also been repeatedly targeted by trolls after making critical comments about the transgender lobby – including protesters standing outside her house with signs after her address was posted online last year.

Controversy: JK Rowling has been accused of transphobia since posting tweets in 2020 saying that

Controversy: JK Rowling has been accused of transphobia since posting tweets in 2020 saying ‘erasing the concept of sex robs many of the ability to meaningfully discuss their lives’

Speaking to Graham Norton on his Virgin Radio show, she said: ‘Social media can be a lot of fun and I love the pitch aspect of it.

“It can be a fun thing to do. But there is no doubt that social networks are a gift for people who want to behave maliciously.

And on the question of whether anything can be done to prevent online trolls, she added: “I think on some level I’m not sure I can.”

“I’m not sure any individual can do that. I try to behave online the way I would like others to behave. I would never…I’ve never threatened anyone, obviously, and I sure wouldn’t want anyone going to his place or anything like that.

But she insisted that her latest book The Ink Black Heart, the latest in her series of novels written under her pseudonym Robert Galbraith, about a cartoonist trolled online by a fan, has nothing to do with the threats she faced in real life.

When asked if the story had echoes of her own experiences, she continued: “More echoes than I thought because I should be very clear after some of the things that happened to me online at the Over the past year I had written the book before some things happened to me online.

“I said to my husband, ‘Everyone is going to see this as a response to what happened to me.’

“But it really wasn’t. The first draft of the book has been completed by the time some things happen to me.

Rowling also said she wasn’t snubbed on the recent Harry Potter reunion show because of her controversial views on transgender people – but instead turned down an invite.

Reunion: Speaking to Graham, Rowling said she wasn't snubbed from the Harry Potter reunion show because of her differing views on transgender people - but instead turned down an invite

Reunion: Speaking to Graham, Rowling said she wasn’t snubbed from the Harry Potter reunion show because of her differing views on transgender people – but instead turned down an invite

The Return To Hogwarts reunion was released on January 1, but did not feature Ms Rowling apart in old archive footage.

Her appearance on the 20th anniversary show was widely speculated to follow her statements on women’s and transgender rights, for which she accused her of being “transphobic”, but no statement from the author only clarified the issue at the time.

She has always spoken out about cancel culture amid claims it has been ‘cancelled’ by younger generations, but in a rare interview she said she ‘didn’t want to be a part of it’.

She said: ‘I was asked to be a part of it and decided I didn’t want to be a part of it.

“It was about movies and not books, rightly so. That was the purpose of the birthday.

Opinions: Rowling (pictured in 2017_ spoke about cancel culture amid claims she was

Opinions: Rowling (pictured in 2017_ spoke about cancel culture amid claims she was ‘cancelled’ but in a rare interview said she ‘didn’t want to be a part of it’

‘So nobody said no [do it]… I was asked to do it and I decided not to.

She clarified that she was not advised to make an appearance, explaining that it was her own decision, following fan speculation surrounding her absence.

An archive shot at the reunion showed the author during a signing for the first book, while Robbie Coltrane, who played Hagrid, also praised JK for helping people restore the love of the books during the rise of Potter mania.

The only footage of the author speaking to herself instead of being discussed is a segment of a 2019 interview that is serialized multiple times.

In the interview, she is seen discussing the difficult struggle to find an actor to play Harry during the casting for the first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.

Since the release of the last Harry Potter movie, Rowling has become a deeply controversial figure.

The author has also often tweeted critically about using inclusive language and spaces, most memorably retweeting a post referencing “menstruating people” and adding, “I’m sure he there was a word for these people. Someone help me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?’

Transgender activists say Ms Rowling’s stances are discriminatory and fail to recognize the challenges faced by transgender and non-binary people, but some feminists say keeping spaces gender-segregated is vital to protect vulnerable women.

She has also received backlash from claims she made in an effort to defend herself in 2020, including the assertion that only people “privileged or lucky enough to never have faced male violence” argue. inclusive spaces.

Divide: Since the release of the last Harry Potter film, Rowling (pictured in March) has become a deeply controversial figure

Divide: Since the release of the last Harry Potter film, Rowling (pictured in March) has become a deeply controversial figure

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