BBC Apologizes to J.K. Rowling Again

On February 10th, the BBC show Good Morning Scotland discussed the Hogwarts Legacy “controversy” and stated opinions as facts, particularly with this statement from Carrie Marshall:

“This is having a measurable effect on trans people’s lives and potentially our safety too. I think that’s why so many trans people are concerned about this game.”

The BBC then received a large number of complaints about the discussion and said:

“The debate got into the issue of gender identity and claims were made about JK Rowling’s views. We accept that the programme failed to challenge these claims and acknowledge that our contributors gave their opinion as fact. This fell below the rigorous editorial standards we’ve applied to our broad coverage of trans and gender recognition stories across BBC Scotland’s news and current affairs output, and we apologise for that.”

The first apology from the BBC was on BBC Radio 4’s show PM at the beginning of February, where a transgender woman named Stacey Henley criticized Rowling’s “nasty views,” stating she was promoting “transphobia.” The BBC issued a statement:

“We do accept that there wasn’t sufficient challenge to the claims that were made and that we fell short here. This is a difficult and contentious area which we do try very hard to cover fairly and well on the BBC. However, we should have challenged Stacey Henley more directly on her claims and apologise that we did not.”

This occurred just over a week after JJ Welles, an activist, called Rowling a Nazi.

Comments (2)

February 23, 2023 at 11:09 am

It don’t have shit to do with their safety. THEY’RE the ones coming after US. Leave us alone and left us play a game, you biological cross-dressers.

February 23, 2023 at 11:11 am

*let… got damnit!! Is there a way to delete and edit comments??? My first one on this site and I fuck it up.

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