Harry Potter author JK Rowling has found herself in a new controversy after she returned Ripple of Hope award following criticism from Kerry Kennedy.
JK Rowling has received the award in December 2019 from Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization. But after the remarks of Kerry who is the daughter and the current president of the organization she decided to cancel her award.
Kerry Kennedy said that the views of JK Rowling on gender have diminished the identity of the ‘trans people’.
JK Rowling said in a statement that Kerry has criticized her for her remarks. She said that her statement incorrectly suggested that she was transphobic.
Some people assumed that she wanted to do harm to trans people. But she denied the accusation.
Rowling said: “In solidarity with those who have contacted me but who are struggling to make their voices heard, and because of the very serious conflict of views between myself and RFKHR.”
“I feel I have no option but to return the Ripple of Hope Award bestowed upon me last year,” she added.
Furthermore, Rowling sparked new controversy in June for tweeting about the use of the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ instead of women.
“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone, please help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud,” she tweeted.
‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?
Opinion: Creating a more equal post-COVID-19 world for people who menstruate https://t.co/cVpZxG7gaA
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) June 6, 2020
#IStandWithJKRowling started trending on Twitter after she decided to give up her award. Here is the reaction of people on Twitter:
#IStandWithJKRowling shows people will go out of their way to support transphobes. Transphobia is white supremacy. Transphobia has been a tool to eradicate indigenous cultures around the world.
Fuck your white supremacist ideology.
— Wagatwe Wanjuki 🇰🇪 🇧🇸 (@wagatwe) August 28, 2020
#IStandWithJKRowling is trending and it feels like a good time to point out that numerous studies around the world reveal that 30-50% of trans kids have attempted suicide
I can tell you from my experience that the way we choose to discuss trans people in public has a real impact
— Paris Lees (@parislees) August 28, 2020
Again with the #IStandWithJKRowling transphobic hashtag.
I will NEVER stand with her or any other transphobe in their persecution of trans and non-binary folks.
Equality is NOT oppression.
If you’re against trans rights, then you are the oppressor.
— Izzy Rizinti 🏳️🌈 (@BellaRizinti) August 28, 2020