Karren Brady has defended JK Rowling after Quidditch, the real-life sport inspired by the ‘Harry Potter’ series, has had a name change in order to distance itself from the writer.
In her latest column for The Sun, the Apprentice star addressed the 56-year-old and the controversy she’s faced over her trans comments.
She penned: “I doubt that JK Rowling will lose sleep over this latest cancellation.
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“After all, it’s a fictional game meant to be played on the back of a flying broomstick.
“But the sport only exists because she invented it. Without her, no one would be playing it.
“And I wonder if these people so keen to cancel her actually realise that more people agree with her than don’t?
“To be clear: I’m not transphobic.
“But, like JK, I do not want to see my rights and needs eroded.”
Brady went on to write that she doesn’t want to be called ‘womb carriers, a birthing person, a chest feeder, a cervix owner’.
The change to ‘quadball’ was announced by US Quidditch and Major League Quidditch in a statement.
It read: “In less than 20 years, our sport has grown from a few dozen college students in rural Vermont to a global phenomenon with thousands of players, semi-pro leagues and international championships.
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“Our organisations are committed to continuing to push quadball forward.”
MLQ co-commissioner Amanda Dallas added: “Bringing full creative control of the name of our sport to the vibrant community of players and fans that has grown and sustained it will allow our organizations to take the next step.”
“We are now able to pursue the kinds of opportunities that our community has dreamed about for years.”
Rowling began facing criticism in 2020 when she retweeted an article that discussed ‘people who menstruate’.
She tweeted: “‘People who menstruate’. I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
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