A resurfaced clip of Harry Potter actor Emma Watson emphatically standing up for trans rights in an interview has fans and allies all over the internet cheering.
In it, Lees asked Watson for her thoughts on trans issues, and Watson's response was movingly and passionately on the side of the trans community. See the clip below.
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is never mentioned in the discussion, but the pall of the author's frequent alignment with anti-trans activists on Twitter and in public statements is implicit to the discussion and the questions Lees asked.
Watson's response couldn't be more dissimilar to Rowling's. Asked by Lees if Watson would feel comfortable using the same restroom as her, Watson exclaimed “Oh my God of course!” clearly feeling the notion was absurd.
Lees then went on to ask Watson what she would say to people who do have an issue with a trans women being treated equally with cisgender women. Watson's response was heartfelt and empathetic, and she implored people to educate themselves on the issue.
“Oh my goodness, I would say… that’s another human being...”
“...I understand fearing what you don’t know. I understand, kind of, being like I don’t really understand about this and I’ve never met someone….”
“But go! Go and speak... [G]o and look into the whites of someone’s eyes that’s had this experience and tell me... there’s any part of you that feels that it’s OK to make that person not feel included.”
Watson has repeatedly been outspoken in her support of the LGBTQ community, and has pushed back against Rowling's transphobia on several occasions as well.
Watson made a joke at last month's BAFTAs that was widely assumed to be a dig at Rowling's obsession with transgender people, and she joined her Harry Potter co-stars Rupert Grint and Daniel Radcliffe in condemning the author's controversial tweets and blog post in 2020.
On Twitter, people absolutely loved Watson's impassioned support of the trans community.
Watson's words in the clip has also enraged the community known as TERFs--which stands for "trans-exclusionary radical feminists"--which is how you know she's on the right side of things.