A disappointed Potterhead, Pete Davidson criticised J.K. Rowling for her past transphobic comments, which impacted how he feels about his Harry Potter tattoos.
Davidson brought his signature brand of oversharing the latest segment of “Weekend Update” on “Saturday Night Live,” as anchor Colin Jost asked the comedian and “SNL” star for his thoughts on the latest trends and conversation starters not forgetting the controversy surrounding Rowling.
Davidson simply replied: “I think I’m never getting another tattoo for the rest of my life.” The comedian has previously revealed that he has as many as six Harry Potter themed tattoos, including ones that depict the golden snitch and the sorting hat.
“I got a Harry Potter tattoo years ago cause I’m not psychic. I didn’t know JK Rowling was going to go all Mel Gibson on us,” Davidson said, referring to Gibson’s past anti-Semitic comments and use of racist slurs.
Davidson continued: “I have a Game of Thrones tattoo, now I’m terrified one day George RR Martin’s just going to be like, ‘Hey, if you enjoyed what I had to say about dragons and cure wolves, wait till you hear what I think about Puerto Ricans!”
He also questioned why Rowling, 55, took issue with the transgender community as the author of a fantasy book series.
“What’s wrong with her?” he asked. “She creates a seven-book fantasy series about all types of mythical creatures living in harmony with wizards and elves and the one thing she can’t wrap her head around is Laverne Cox? She’s a national treasure.”
In a series of public posts in June, including tweets and an essay on her website, the “Harry Potter” author voiced her strong opinions on the trans community that conflated sex with gender and defended ideas suggesting that changing one’s biological sex threatens her own gender identity and even her safety.
Rowling suggested that by opening the doors to bathrooms and changing rooms to “any man who believes or feels he’s a woman,” the doors are open to all men who wish to come inside.
Rowling faced an international backlash from the LGBT+ people and organisations when she took issue with the inclusive term “people who menstruate”.
She later doubled down on her views in a controversial and lengthy essay, which she posted to her own website.