Star Wars actor Mark Hamill explained why he “liked” J.K. Rowling’s tweet supporting Maya Forstater.

Hamill took to Twitter to explain, writing, “Ignorance is no excuse, but I liked the tweet without understanding what the last line or hashtags meant.”

He added, “It was the 1st 4 lines I liked & I didn’t realize it had any transphobic connotation.”

Related: Harry Potter Scribe J.K. Rowling Accused of Transphobia After Supporting Fired Researcher Maya Forstater

Rowling made headlines when she came out in support of Maya Forstater, who had been fired from her job at the Center for Global Development for her beliefs that “men cannot change into women.”

Rowling came out in support of Forstater on Twitter using the #IStandWithMaya.

She showed her support for Forstater after an employment tribunal ruled against Forstater noting that her beliefs are not protected under the Equality Act 2010, thus her company was in the right for firing her for said beliefs.

The Judgment read:

“The specific belief that the Claimant holds as determined in the reasons, is not a philosophical belief protected by the Equality Act 2010.”

Forstater responded to the ruling writing on Twitter, “I struggle to express the shock and disbelief I feel at reading this judgment.”

She then reiterated her belief “that sex is a biological fact & is immutable. There are two sexes. Men are male. Women are female. It is impossible to change sex. These were until very recently understood as basic facts of life.”

She added, “This judgment removes women’s rights and the right to freedom of belief and speech. It gives judicial license for women and men who speak up for objective truth and clear debate to be subject to aggression, bullying, no platforming and economic punishment.”

She added she does plan on challenging the judgment.

What do you make of Hamill’s explanation for why he liked the Tweet? Do you think he needed to give an explanation?

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