Within a short amount of time, J.K. Rowling went from being a hero to progs who even named themselves Dumbledore’s Army to the ultimate enemy for the heretical belief that women exist. But Rowling, unlike 99.9% of the people living in the western world, is wealthy and successful enough to be effectively immune to cancellation.
When a member of the Kennedy clan calls her a bigot, she can just tell them they need their award more than she does.
‘Harry Potter’ creator JK Rowling said on Friday she would give back an award presented by the US Kennedy family after one of its members criticised her views on gender issues.
The Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organisation gave Rowling its Ripple of Hope honour last year.
But the group’s president, Kerry Kennedy, said this month the British writer’s outspoken views on gender ‘diminished the identity’ of trans people.
‘Kerry Kennedy recently felt it necessary to publish a statement denouncing my views,’ Rowling said in a statement on her website.
‘The statement incorrectly implied that I was transphobic, and that I am responsible for harm to trans people,’ she added. ‘I absolutely refute the accusation.
‘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.’
I wrote about the RFK award machine a few years ago.
The award, an ugly misshapen bust of RFK which looks to be permanently grimacing in pain (and who can blame him), goes for under $5,000 on the open market. One of the tchotchkes owned by the Kennedy family was sold for $3,336, which can be cheaper than actually going to the ceremony.
Giving out awards named after RFK at the Hilton Midtown in New York is one of the few things that the foundation named after him seems to do. Its leadership has undergone a grueling grind of three award ceremonies just this year. But the RFK awards in their glorious meaninglessness help bored New York celebs and CEOs answer the question of what to do when they haven’t picked up an award in a year.
Murphy thanked the people giving him an award for “keeping the legacy and spirit of RFK alive”. The legacy and spirit of RFK apparently involves handing out awards to racists, rape enablers and murderers.
Sadly, there was no mention of one of the RFK award’s first recipients, Winnie Mandela, who had recently passed away and gone to whatever place the murderers of teenage boys are summoned.
Four years after winning the prestigious human rights award, Winnie Mandela and her thugs murdered Stompie Moeketsi Seipei, a 14-year-old boy, in a failed effort to get him to make a false accusation of molestation against a white Methodist minister active in the fight against Apartheid.
Rowling is better off without the award.