'Glee' actor and fantasy novelist Chris Colfer calls J.K. Rowling's trans comments 'really disappointing'

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<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="When Chris Colfer was on Glee, he received accolades from LGBTQ groups – plus a Golden Globe – for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”26″>When Chris Colfer was on Glee, he received accolades from LGBTQ groups – plus a Golden Globe – for his portrayal of Kurt Hummel. 

When he pivoted to writing fantasy novels for kids, he landed on the New York Times Best Seller list.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Both those accomplishments give him a distinctive position to weigh in on J.K. Rowling’s comments about trans people, which were widely criticized.” data-reactid=”28″>Both those accomplishments give him a distinctive position to weigh in on J.K. Rowling’s comments about trans people, which were widely criticized.

“That has been an extremely, really tough situation,” Colfer tells Yahoo Entertainment. “It had been really disappointing because Personally i think like she taught us much better than that, you understand?”

J.K. Rowling reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" at the White House Easter Egg Roll this year 2010 (Photo: Getty Images).J.K. Rowling reading "Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone" at the White House Easter Egg Roll this year 2010 (Photo: Getty Images).

J.K. Rowling reading “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” at the White House Easter Egg Roll this year 2010 (Photo: Getty Images).

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Actually, Colfer is currently the main one doing the teaching, in ways. His new book, gong0deng A Tale of Witchcraft gong2deng gong8deng gong0deng , gong2deng is, as he tells it, “an allegory for oppression and discrimination and fighting for acceptance” embedded inside a story filled with curses, fantastic creatures and a magic community under siege by way of a misogynistic, segregationist group called the Righteous Brotherhood. Colfer wants his young audience and their parents to possess conversations about difficult subjects.” data-reactid=”45″>In fact, Colfer is currently the main one doing the teaching, in ways. His new book, A Tale of Witchcraft, is, as he tells it, “an allegory for oppression and discrimination and fighting for acceptance” embedded inside a story filled with curses, fantastic creatures and a magic community under siege by way of a misogynistic, segregationist group called the Righteous Brotherhood. Colfer wants his young audience and their parents to possess conversations about difficult subjects.

And for himself, which includes re-evaluating his relationship with Rowling and her work. Colfer’s own prolific output – he’s been churning out a book per year since 2012 – is partly because of the wildly successful author. He’s credited Rowling for inspiring him to start out writing so when he was 12 he wrote her a letter thanking her for the Harry Potter books.

“I believe we have to really be thankful for the creation that people know, but figure out how to separate the creator,” he says, adding, “and I’m not only discussing J.K. Rowling.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Many Harry Potter fan communities have issued statements to get trans people in light of Rowling’s comments. Even Harry Potter himself, actor Daniel Radcliffe, spoke out gong8deng following a author’s remarks.” data-reactid=”48″>Many Harry Potter fan communities have issued statements to get trans people in light of Rowling’s comments. Even Harry Potter himself, actor Daniel Radcliffe, spoke out following author’s remarks.

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Rowling’s contemporaries in the arts experienced a mixed a reaction to her comments. Novelist Ian McEwan, playwright Tom Stoppard and 56 others signed a letter defending the writer, calling the backlash contrary to the author “insidious.” But on Wednesday, a lot more than 1,500 writers and publishing professionals signed a short letter gong8deng expressing their support of “trans and non-binary people and their rights.” J.K. Rowling isn’t mentioned by name and signatories include gong0deng Normal People gong2deng author Sally Rooney, Daisy Johnson and Kiran Millwood Hargrave.” data-reactid=”49″>Rowling’s contemporaries in the arts experienced a mixed a reaction to her comments. Novelist Ian McEwan, playwright Tom Stoppard and 56 others signed a letter defending the writer, calling the backlash contrary to the author “insidious.” But on Wednesday, a lot more than 1,500 writers and publishing professionals signed a short letter expressing their support of “trans and non-binary people and their rights.” J.K. Rowling isn’t mentioned by name and signatories include Normal People author Sally Rooney, Daisy Johnson and Kiran Millwood Hargrave.

“I don’t think there’s any fault in still enjoying it for what it really is and keeping the joy that it brought you,” Colfer says, “But I also think you need to at the very least acknowledge the problematic nature that created it.” 

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="During the past, Colfer has helped raise money for The Trevor Project gong8deng , a nonprofit that delivers crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth.&nbsp;” data-reactid=”55″>In days gone by, Colfer has helped raise money for The Trevor Project, a nonprofit that delivers crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to LGBTQ youth. 

Chris Colfer finds Trevor Live, a meeting organized by The Trevor Project, in 2012 (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP).Chris Colfer finds Trevor Live, a meeting organized by The Trevor Project, in 2012 (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP).

Chris Colfer finds Trevor Live, a meeting organized by The Trevor Project, in 2012 (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP).

“By the end of your day, I can’t get back someone’s words. I cannot force them to apologize. I can’t force them to improve the direction they think,” he says. “All I could say is that the trans community is definitely there for me personally … and I’ll have their back so long as I live.”

Colfer also says that the fantastical events of A Tale of Witchcraft (and its own predecessor A Tale of Magic) were influenced by the discord and unrest happening the truth is – and sometimes by specific people.

“Another name for the Righteous Brotherhood … might just be the Mitch McConnells to be honest,” he says of the Republican Senate majority leader. “They’re a lot of very cowardly, hateful, miserable men who think the only method they can find joy is by firmly taking joy from others and taking rights from individuals who deserve to possess rights.”

But despite a detail relating to the bad guys’ leader promising to roll back every single progressive policy of the prior leader, President Trump had not been top of mind for Colfer. Although he muses, “it’s very telling there are so many comparisons to your president and the villains of a children’s book.”

<p class="canvas-atom canvas-text Mb(1.0em) Mb(0)–sm Mt(0.8em)–sm" type="text" content="Next up for Colfer is really a virtual book tour gong8deng and mapping out the facts to the sequel to gong0deng A Tale of Witchcraft gong2deng , which depends upon the outcomes of the next event in real life.” data-reactid=”71″>Next up for Colfer is really a virtual book tour and mapping out the facts to the sequel to A Tale of Witchcraft, which depends upon the outcomes of the next event in real life.

“The [presidential] election will probably be a large influence on which the 3rd book is approximately,” he says.

The news is a constant way to obtain anger for Colfer, but thankfully, writing fantasy has provided an ideal escape.

“I came across writing this series is a very therapeutic method for me to articulate my feelings,” he says, adding, “without profanity.”

A Tale of Witchcraft is currently available.

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