#AsiansForBlackLives: Harry Potter Star Responds to JK Rowling’s ‘Racist’ Name Choice
Chinese Scottish actor Katie Leung is winning praises on Twitter for her response regarding the “racist” choice of her character’s name in the “Harry Potter” series.
Leung, who played Cho Chang in Warner Bros.’ movie adaptation — the only Asian character to ever share the spotlight with the Boy-Who-Lived — broke her silence over the weekend as author J.K. Rowling faced a new wave of backlash for “anti-trans” tweets.
“‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people,” Rowling noted. “Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”
The tweet, which some interpreted as a dismissal of trans women, is the first in a series in which the author defended the “reality” of “sex.” This led to a number of users accusing her of transphobia, and tangentially, of racism for naming an Asian character “Cho Chang.”
Leung apparently took notice of tweets calling out Rowling for her character. However, instead of addressing the matter, the 32-year-old actor used the opportunity to express her support as an Asian for Black Lives — particularly for Black trans women.
“So, you want my thoughts on Cho Chang? Okay, here goes,” Leung started a thread, which consisted solely of links to organizations helping Black trans charities.
So, you want my thoughts on Cho Chang? Okay, here goes…(thread)
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