JK Rowling returns award after being accused of transphobia

The author of the Harry Potter saga received the Ripple of Hope last year from the human rights organization Robert F. Kennedy.

By Le Figaro with AFP

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The novelist asserts that “no other choice“Than to return the award which had been awarded to him for the”very big difference of opinionBetween the organization and her. Dia Dipasupil / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

British novelist JK Rowling announced the award after the president of the organization that presented her criticized her views on transgender people.

The human rights organization Robert F. Kennedy (RFKHR) presented the Ripple of Hope to the author of the Harry Potter saga last year. But the president of this organization, Kerry Kennedy, considered that the opinions of the novelist “reduced identityOf trans people.

These statements “wrongly insinuated that I am transphobicJK Rowling denounced in a text published Thursday on his site. “As a long-time donor to LGBT groups and a proponent of the right of trans people to live free from persecution, I categorically refute the accusation that I hate trans people or want to harm them.», She continued. Due to “very big difference of opinion“Between the RFKHR organization and herself, JK Rowling says”no other choiceThan to return the award that had been awarded to him.

In June, she was accused of making comments deemed insulting to transgender people. for a tweet. She had shared on Twitter an article talking about “people who have their period», Commenting ironically«I’m sure we should have a word for these people. Someone help me. Feum? Famme? Feemm?»

It has thus attracted the wrath of certain Internet users. The actor Daniel Radcliffe, interpreter of Harry Potter in the cinema, had joined the critics. “Trans women are womenHe had hammered. “Anything to say the contrary erases the identity and dignity of transgender people».

JK Rowling said he was “swamped with thousands of supportive emails received from people affected by these issues, both inside and outside the trans community, many of whom feel vulnerable and worried due to the toxicity surrounding these discussions».


Harry Potter: Largest fan communities to remove name JK Rowling

Incredible but true, JK Rowling has gone from being the idol of millions to becoming a controversial figure that divides opinions, the reason is that for several months he has declared himself against the rights of the trans community, which in turn forms Part of the LGBTQ community, and as many of you may already know, this minority has always had a special attraction for Harry Potter books and movies.

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The actors in the British magician film saga, as well as many public figures and organizations, have already expressed their rejection of Rowling’s radical position on trans people, but now they join MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron, two of the largest fan communities on the Internet, who through a shared statement condemned the retrograde ideas of the writer and announced that they will no longer write the full name but only JKR (via Variety):

Although it is difficult to speak out against someone whose work we have admired for so long, it would be a mistake not to use our platforms to counter the damage it has caused. Our stance is firm: transgender women are women. Transgender men are men. Non-binary people are non-binary. Intersex people exist and should not be forced to live in the binary. We support Harry Potter fans in these communities, and while we do not condone the mistreatment that JKR has received for expressing their views on transgender people, we must reject their beliefs.

In accordance with VarietyUsing #JKR as a hashtag will allow fans who don’t want to see posts related to it to mute them more easily. In addition to the name, the author’s images will be removed, promotion of any literary work (not related to Harry Potter) by Rowling will be avoided, and the link to her website will be removed.

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The statement of MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron Continues to explore a topic that has been much discussed in recent weeks, the help that Harry Potter has given, regardless of the ideas of its creator, to several generations that now believe in love and friendship above intolerance and prejudice. From the past:

We’ve seen countless people use ‘Potter’ books and fanfics to explore their own identities while spreading love and acceptance. We know that this is still possible, and we know that we want to remain part of that movement. We are committed to doing a better job in our community to lift and center people who have been marginalized and create positive change from our fandom platforms. This marks the beginning of a renewed commitment to serve the ‘Harry Potter’ community from a more conscious point of view of what we have done in the past.

JK Rowling He has had enough time to ponder his words and recant, apologize, and ingratiate himself again with most of his followers, but has decided to reinforce his anti-trans stance and stoke the controversy over and over again. Even like the tweet of a movement that is in favor of conversion therapy.

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MuggleNet and The Leaky Cauldron they were launched in 1999 and 2000 respectively; the first has more than 305,000 followers on Twitter and 802,000 on Facebook; the second has more than 150,000 followers on Twitter and 233,000 on Facebook.


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