While Watson was subtle in her shade, Wilson was far more direct earlier in the evening, referencing her weight-loss journey at Rowling's expense.
"I might look a little different from the last time you guys saw me," Wilson said while an older image of her was shown onstage. "That was me two years ago and since then I've done quite a transformation. I hope J.K. Rowling still approves. JK, JK."
\u201cYou don't have to be trans to understand the importance of respecting trans people and affirming their identities. \n\nLife is just too short. I can't imagine how it makes any sense to use one's fame and resources to put others down.\u201d
"But as trans women are assaulted, deprived of work, killed, and raped JK is safe in her mansion," JVN replied to Rowling last year.
\u201cThe biggest threats of violence against women has always been cis gender men. Not trans women, unless Jk\u2019s constant transphobic cherry picked vitriol convinces you otherwise. But as trans women are assaulted, deprived of work, killed, and raped JK is safe in her mansion.\u201d
— Jonathan Van Ness (@Jonathan Van Ness)
"Our sport has developed a reputation as one of the most progressive sports in the world on gender equality and inclusivity, in part thanks to its gender maximum rule, which stipulates that a team may not have more than four players of the same gender on the field at a time," read the joint statement. "Both organizations feel it is imperative to live up to this reputation in all aspects of their operations and believe this move is a step in that direction."