Succession Star Brian Cox Defends J.K. Rowling Amid Controversy

In the midst of her anti-trans scandal, veteran actor and Succession star Brian Cox have offered his support to Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling. When Rowling liked a tweet that referred to transgender individuals as “men in dresses,” she initially gained notoriety in 2018. 

The year after that, Rowling expressed her support for British tax expert Maya Forstater, who lost her job as a result of a string of social media posts in which she referred to transgender women as males. Since then, Rowling has been louder and louder about her anti-trans sentiments, frequently asserting that the existence of transgender people makes the struggles that cisgender women have faced disappear.

Her remarks have split several performers in the Harry Potter franchise and sparked a great deal of debate among many formerly devoted fans of the series.

After facing severe condemnation for her anti-trans remarks, Succession’s Brian Cox has now spoken and sided with Rowling.

Rowling was backed by Cox in an appearance with the British talk program Sunday With Laura Kuenssberg (via Entertainment Weekly), asserting that she has a right to her own viewpoint as a woman discussing the female body.

Cox says that he doesn’t “like the way she’s been treated,” and that people opposing Rowling “have been a bit high and mighty about their own attitude.” See Cox’s comment below:

I don’t like the way she’s been treated, actually. I think she’s entitled to her opinion, she’s entitled to say what she feels. As a woman, she’s very much entitled to say what she feels about her own body. There’s nobody better to say that, as a woman. So, I do feel that people have been a bit high and mighty about their own attitude toward J.K. Rowling.