“Harry Potter” author J. K. Rowling has emerged into a fresh controversy after she returned the Ripple of Hope Award bestowed upon her by the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization in December 2019, following criticism from Kerry Kennedy. Kerry is the daughter of Robert F. Kennedy, and the web design manager of the organization.
“Over the course of June 2020 — LGBTQ Pride Month — and much to a dismay, T. K. Rowling posted deeply troubling transphobic tweets and statements, ” Kennedy posted on the organization’s website on Aug. 3. “On June ?tta, she tweeted an article headlined ‘Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate. ‘ She wrote glibly and dismissively about transgender identity: ‘People who menstruate. I’m sure there used so as to be a word for those people. Someone assist me to out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud? ‘”
Kennedy identified she had spoken with Rowling “to express my profound disappointment just that she has chosen to use her remarkable gifts to create a single narrative that diminishes the identity of trans and nonbinary people, short cutting the validity and integrity of the entire transgender community — just one that disproportionately is going through violence, discrimination, harassment, and exclusion and, as this result, experiences high rates of suicide, suicide attempts, homelessness, and emotional and bodily harm. Black trans women and trans youth in various are targeted. ”
On Thursday, Rowling responded with a statement posted to her page.
“Because of the very serious conflict of views stuck between myself and RFKHR, I feel I have no option but for return the Ripple of Hope Award bestowed upon me last 365 days, ” said the author. “I am deeply saddened that RFKHR contains felt compelled to adopt this stance, but no award or memorialize, no matter my admiration for the person for whom it seemed to be to named, means so much to me that I would forfeit a right to follow the dictates of my own conscience. ”
Rowling said Kennedy’s statement “incorrectly implied that I was transphobic, and that I am responsible pertaining to harm to trans people. ”
“Harry Potter” and “Fantastic Beasts” stars who had earlier distanced themselves from Rowling’s comments via the transgender community include Eddie Redmayne, Daniel Radcliffe and Emma Watson.
In July, Variety reported that Rowling’s book sales are lagging despite a wider boom inside a publishing world.