Dr. Mehmet Oz, former TV show host and current candidate for a U.S. Senate seat in Pennsylvania, was taped at a private event making blatantly anti-trans remarks and standing up for anti-trans author and Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, including her recent despicable comments. RadarOnline obtained a recording of the event and was the first to report on it.
Oz remarked that Rowling “said something that I think was very brave,” he said. “She was a lifelong feminist, and then she’s canceled.”
Rowling, who recently called trans women “penised individuals,” is not really canceled, though. The author, worth an estimated $670 million, still has over 14 million followers on Twitter. And the Harry Potter franchise is ever-growing.
The original film’s 20th-anniversary reunion is scheduled for January. In addition, “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child” recently returned to Broadway, an upcoming film in the “Fantastic” Beast sub-series will premiere next year, a scripted series is on the way from HBO Max and a new video game, “Hogwarts Legacy,” is set to be soon released.
But you can’t convince candidate Oz.
“I’ve talked to people who are canceling her, who would’ve been making a lot of money off of her, and they can’t defend what they’re doing, or they don’t wanna be in trouble,” Oz said.
In addition to his comments on Rowling, Oz shared his thoughts on trans participation in sports — he’s against it — and went so far as to claim that feminists are being hurt by trans people and their participation in sports. “Feminists have very eloquently fought for the ability to have women’s sports be on equal [keel] as men’s sports, and this takes away that ability,” he said.
Emboldened by this point in his speech, Oz lauded his newfound freedom to speak his mind. “I would argue that what I just said can’t be said,” he said. “ I definitely couldn’t have said it on [my show], and you need to be able to say those things.”
“[This is] not about being hateful or harmful,” Oz continued. “I’m not trying to make anyone’s life miserable. I’m respectful of how difficult it is. But we have to be able to say these things in America.”