Yungblud apologises for "insensitive" 'Trans Wizards Lives Matter' Instagram post
6 August 2020, 17:37
"I only meant to uplift and spread love because I am appalled by what JK has said. I stand with the trans community."
Yungblud has apologised for an "insensitive" Instagram post, which read: "Trans Wizards Lives Matter."
It all started when Yungblud turned 23 on August 5 and to celebrate he decided to dress up as Harry Potter characters with his friends. The singer took to Instagram to thank his fans for their birthday wishes while dressed in his wizard attire and holding a wand.
"Thankyou for all the birthday love. i luv you all so fuckin much. you make me so happy. ive been at hogwarts all day. shame jk fuckin sucks [sic]," he wrote alongside his photo, which he finished with the hashtag "Trans Wizards Lives Matter".
It appears some took issue with Yungblud's hashtag, which has since been changed to "Trans Lives Matter", especially because of recent transphobic remarks made by Harry Potter author JK Rowling.
In June, JK Rowling came under fire for posting a series of controversial tweets about the transgender community. Her comments received widespread backlash and caused the stars of Harry Potter – Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson and Rupert Grint – to speak out against her.
Yungblud apologised for using the hashtag in a series of tweets, which read: "Every single part of my being is to make people feel validated for exactly who they are. to feel safe strong and proud to breath in their own skin.
"Regarding my # it wasn’t meant to be insensitive. i only meant to uplift and spread love because i am appalled by what jk has said. i stand with the trans community with all my being. im with you and i will fight with you fucking every day."
A transgender fan then defended him, tweeting: "If it means anything, I'm trans and thought it was cute, didn't see a single thing wrong with it and never would have thought to, so."
In response, Yungblud replied: "These were exactly my intentions. but if people are offended I'll address it."