Pete Davidson has expressed his regret at getting a Harry Potter themed tattoo before JK Rowling made her “disappointing” anti-trans views public.
Asked about his thoughts on the controversy surrounding Rowling on Saturday Night Live‘s Weekend Update, 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!’”
When asked how he felt when he saw Rowling’s comments about the trans community, Davidson said: “It really hurt because I have a close connection to those movies. I even look like Dobby the House Elf if he became a TikTok rapper,” he joked.
He went on to tell Weekend Update host Colin Jost that her comments were “very disappointing”.
“I long for a few years ago when the worst thing she ever did were those Fantastic Beasts movies. No discrimination there, those films harmed us all equally.”
He added: “I mean, what’s wrong with her Colin? She writes 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!”
Rowling faced 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.
The author recently came under fire yet again when she platformed an anti-trans shop that sells “lesbians don’t have penises” and “f**k your pronouns” march.
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