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Bonham Carter Shreds Cancel Culture, Stands Up for J.K. Rowling

'Sweeney Todd' star doesn't hold back defending art, the right to share opinions

Helena Bonham Carter has appeared in some of the biggest movies of the past 30 years, but she’s still not a household name.

Think the “Harry Potter” franchise, “The King’s Speech” and “Fight Club.”

“The Crown” co-star may prefer it that way, giving her the chance to play a variety of roles without the paparazzi breathing down her neck.

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Her status lends her less job security, though, which is important in fickle Hollywood.

So her comments on several hot button issues come as a surprise. Stars typically lay low on such topics, fearing the kind of Cancel Culture blowback that can stall, if not doom, one’s future.

Bonham Carter either doesn’t fear the mob or doesn’t care.

The British actress slammed Cancel Culture in no uncertain terms in a chat with The Times UK.

“Do you ban a genius for their sexual practices? There would be millions of people who, if you looked closely enough at their personal life, you would disqualify them. You can’t ban people. I hate cancel culture. It has become quite hysterical and there’s a kind of witch hunt and a lack of understanding.”

Bonham Carter moved on to J.K. Rowling, the mind behind the “Harry Potter” book and film franchise. The actress played Bellatrix Lestrange in four films in the saga, and she’s outraged that the woke mob has been hounding Rowling for so long.

Rowling’s sin? She disagrees with elements of the trans community, a stance which has led to serial attacks on her career and character.

“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.”

“Potter” regulars like Emma Watson and Daniel Radcliffe have joined the attacks on Rowling over her trans comments. A recent “Harry Potter” reunion barely featured Rowling.

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Bonham Carter suggests those trying to cancel stars like Rowling and Johnny Depp often have ulterior motives, and they’re far from flattering.

“So I think there’s a lot of envy unfortunately and the need to tear people down that motors a lot of this cancelling. And schadenfreude.”

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