“Harry Potter” creator JK Rowling said Friday it would return an award given by the American Kennedy family after one of its members criticized their views on gender issues.
Robert F. Kennedy’s human rights organization awarded Rowling the “Ripple of Hope” award last year.
But the group’s president, Kerry Kennedy, said this month the British writer’s outspoken views on gender had “diminished” the identity of trans people.
“Kerry Kennedy recently found it necessary to issue a statement denouncing my views,” Rowling said in a statement posted on her website.
“The statement incorrectly implied that I was transphobic and that I am responsible for the harm done to trans people,” she added. “I absolutely refute the charge.
“Out of solidarity with those who have contacted me but are having difficulty making their voices heard, and because of the very serious conflict of opinion between me and RFKHR, I feel I have no choice but to return the Ripple of Hope Award . “
Rowling sparked 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 these people. Somebody helped me. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” She wrote.
It led to a number of denunciations, including from actor Daniel Radcliffe, who played Potter in the blockbuster film franchise, and other actors who appeared on the series.
Rowling had previously expressed support for a woman who lost her job because of “transphobic” tweets from her employer.
Rowling said “accusations and threats from trans activists have been bubbling up my Twitter timeline since then,” but she has also been “overwhelmed” by private messages of support.
She said the “toxicity” related to the discussion was detrimental and frightening for people inside and outside the trans community.
“I am particularly impressed with the stories of brave young women who risked the opprobrium of women activists by talking about a movement that they say has harmed them,” she said on Friday.
“I have been forced to the unfortunate conclusion that an ethical and medical scandal is brewing.”
Rowling’s comments are the most recent controversy surrounding her work. In some parts of the world they have been banned from being associated with witchcraft and the occult.
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