Helena Bonham Carter has a fan following of millions for portraying Bellatrix Lestrange in the Harry Potter franchise along with various roles in many movies. While trying to defend J.K. Rowling’s anti-trans statements, Carter found herself getting heavy backlash.
The fans also dug out the past as it was alleged that Kenneth Branagh left his wife Emma Thompson to have an affair with Helena Bonham Carter.
Helena Bonham Carter Slammed For Defending J.K. Rowling
The controversial statements of J.K. Rowling about trans people have started a war for quite a while. While many notable actors like Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson have distanced themselves from the author, some actors also defended the author for her views. One of the Harry Potter actresses to defend J.K. Rowling is Helena Bonham Carter, who portrays the character of Bellatrix Lestrange in the franchise.
In an interview with The Times UK, Helena Bonham Carter talked about how there’s still a chance of redemption for Johnny Depp (after his infamous defamation trial) along with calling the hate that J.K. Rowling receives “a load of bollocks”. Here’s what the Enola Holmes 2 actress had to say about current affairs.
“It’s horrendous, a load of bollocks. I think she [J.K. Rowling] has been hounded. It’s been taken to the extreme, the judgmental-ism of people. She’s allowed her opinion, particularly if she’s suffered abuse. Everybody carries their own history of trauma and forms their opinions from that trauma and you have to respect where people come from and their pain. You don’t all have to agree on everything — that would be insane and boring. She’s not meaning it aggressively, she’s just saying something out of her own experience.”
The Alice in Wonderland actress further continued,
“If she hadn’t been the most phenomenal success, the reaction wouldn’t be so great. So I think there’s a lot of envy unfortunately and the need to tear people down that motors a lot of this canceling. And schadenfreude.”
The people (as expected) didn’t take much kindness to her comments as they called out the actress on Twitter for being one to stand with J.K. Rowling while millions rallied against the author. The controversial affair of Kenneth Branagh divorcing his (then) wife Emma Thompson was also brought up into view. It was alleged that the veteran actor had left his ex-wife to have an affair with Helena Bonham Carter. The affair ended in 1999 but the people didn’t let the actress forget.
Like I'm going to listen to a homewrecker like Helena.
— elon sucks (@KickThose) November 28, 2022
Yay. Blame it on the poors' jealousy, that'll do it. Usually does.
— Corentin O. (@BahBahDuke) November 28, 2022
No. It is just depressing to have someone you admired at one time hate people like you for no reason. Like I didn't even pee on her dog or something.
— 🕷Demon Spider Necromancer🕷 (@chromesthesia) November 28, 2022
The older I get the more my idols let me down.
— S (@suzieryyy) November 28, 2022
Emma Thompson is like “you would know.”
— Wrex Weed (@wrexweed) November 28, 2022
Second biggest villain in HP books Stans biggest villain in HP IRL
Girl needs to go steal someone’s husband again because apparently she’s not busy enough
— 🎄M, RN (she/her) 🎄 (@Peds_McGee) November 28, 2022
The seemingly anti-trans statements were J.K. Rowling’s tweet on an article that didn’t state the word “women” in an article about people who menstruate (for inclusivity). The tweet was posted on the 6th of June 2020 and thus began a war between millions of J.K. Rowling’s fans against their idol.
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Is Helena Bonham Carter’s Career in Jeopardy?
In the above-mentioned interview, Helena Bonham Carter also mentioned her hatred of the “cancel culture” trend that has been going on for a few years. She stated that things get out of hand and are hyped up way too much than necessary and referred to it as a “witch hunt”.
With the recent comments, it seems that cancel culture may actually try to bring down Carter for siding with J.K. Rowling. Although the actress is admired for roles in various Tim Burton movies and the Enola Holmes franchise, there could easily be some repercussions about the topic if things get out of hand. Helena Bonham Carter recently starred as Eudoria Holmes in Enola Holmes 2.
Enola Holmes 2 is available to stream on Netflix.