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‘Hogwarts Legacy’ Has a Trans Character? Wow, OK

By Mike Redmond | Pajiba Love | February 6, 2023 |

By Mike Redmond | Pajiba Love | February 6, 2023 |


Because this topic is going to spark some SEO hits, let me be very clear: Trans rights are human rights. My pithy shock in the headline is not about the inclusion of a trans character in a video game — which is good, and should happen more often — but about the inclusion of a trans character in this particular video game based on the works of a notoriously transphobic author. If you’re not a big gamer, then you’re probably unaware that there is a massive debate going on about the ethical ramifications of supporting Hogwarts Legacy. On the one hand, the developers have gone out of their way to inform people that J.K. Rowling had no involvement in the game and they’ve seemingly sharpened that point with this latest news. On the other hand, no matter how you slice it, Hogwarts Legacy still puts money in her pocket. More crucially, if the game is a success, that will create a demand for more Harry Potter games, which again, will financially benefit Rowling. “But, Mike, why should we care if a bigoted old rich lady gets a little bit more richer?” I told you at the very beginning: Trans rights are human rights. (IGN)

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How Rita Ora knew Taika Waititi was the one. (Celebitchy)

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For years, Hollywood wouldn’t cast Salma Hayek in a comedy because she’s “too sexy,” and as much as I believe women shouldn’t be pigeon-holed because of their looks, I also can’t help but think, where is the lie here? Hollywood gets a lot of things wrong — a lot — but if we had to deem someone “too sexy,” Salma’s up there. Easily. (GQ UK)

Literally every comedy actor is in History of the World Part II. (Uproxx)

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