September 30, 2020

JK Rowling Returns Kennedy Human Rights Award Ripple Of Hope Over Trans Feedback Criticism

JK Rowling Returns Kennedy Human Rights Award Over Trans Comments Criticism

JK Rowling was awarded the Ripple of Hope final yr


“Harry Potter” creator JK Rowling mentioned on Friday she would give again an award introduced by the US Kennedy family after considered one of its members criticised her views on gender points.

The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation gave Rowling its Ripple of Hope honour final yr.

However the group’s president, Kerry Kennedy, mentioned this month the British author’s outspoken views on gender “diminished the identification” of trans folks.

“Kerry Kennedy not too long ago felt it essential to publish a press release denouncing my views,” Rowling mentioned in a press release on her web site.

“The assertion incorrectly implied that I used to be transphobic, and that I’m answerable for hurt to trans folks,” she added. “I completely refute the accusation.

“In solidarity with those that have contacted me however who’re struggling to make their voices heard, and due to the very severe battle of views between myself and RFKHR, I really feel I’ve no choice however to return the Ripple of Hope Award.”

Rowling sparked controversy in June for tweeting about using the phrase “individuals who menstruate” as a substitute of girls.

“I am positive there was once a phrase for these folks. Somebody assist me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?”, she wrote.

It led to a string of denunciations, together with from the actor Daniel Radcliffe, who performed Potter within the blockbuster movie franchise, and different actors who starred within the collection.

Rowling had earlier expressed help for a lady who had misplaced her job over what her employer deemed to be “transphobic” tweets.

Rowling mentioned “accusations and threats from trans activists have been effervescent in my Twitter timeline” ever since however she had additionally been “overwhelmed” by personal messages of help.

She mentioned the “toxicity” across the dialogue was damaging and horrifying for folks inside and out of doors the trans group.

“I have been notably struck by the tales of courageous detransitioned younger girls who’ve risked the opprobrium of activists by talking up a few motion they are saying has harmed them,” she mentioned on Friday.

“I have been pressured to the sad conclusion that an moral and medical scandal is brewing.”

Rowling’s feedback are the newest controversy surrounding her work. In some elements of the world, they’ve been banned for being linked to witchcraft and the occult.

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