JK Rowling mocks trans protesters for scoring a ‘hilarious own goal’ by ‘dressing up as ninjas’ to block women’s rights activists from speaking in front of a statue of suffragette Emmeline Pankhurst
JK Rowling has mocked trans activists who dressed in balaclavas and black outfits as they blocked women from speaking in front of a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst.
The author joked the activists looked like ‘ninjas’ and said they scored a ‘hilarious own goal’ by silencing women at a civil rights event in Manchester today.
The male pro-trans activists from the group Manchester Trans Rise Up dressed in masks to surrounded the statue of the suffragette leader, forcing a crowd of gender critical women to move to a different location.
The gender critical campaigners supported by Rowling say that although gender is a social construct and can be chosen, sex is a biological fact and cannot be changed.
Masked and hooded trans activists blocked women’s rights speakers from voicing their opinions in front of a statue of Emmeline Pankhurst in Manchester on Sunday
JK Rowling ridiculed the activists for scoring ‘an unintentionally hilarious own goal’
The Harry Potter author said the trans activists looked like ‘ninjas’ as they stood in silence
However, they say many pro-trans activists have conflated the meaning of the two terms and as such trans people have claimed they are a different sex to the one they were born with.
Harry Potter author Rowling poked fun at the masked trans thugs by suggesting what they said.
‘There is no conflict between women’s rights and our ideology,’ Rowling said. ‘To prove it, we’ve dressed up as ninjas to block public access to a statue of a suffragette.
It was unclear why the activists dressed up in balaclavas. They refused to let women speak in front of the statue
Manchester Trans Rise Up claimed the day as a victory on Twitter. The group said: ‘They didn’t get hold of the statue at any point. We claimed the space for for the entire time. Well done’
‘We’re confident this has done wonders for our cause and definitely isn’t an unintentionally hilarious own goal.’
The women speaking at the event were forced to speak elsewhere after the trans activists wouldn’t let them near the statue.
One of the trans thugs was even videoed tussling with a gender critical women, pushing her down as they grappled with each other beside the statue.
Women’s rights campaigner Kellie-Jay Keen was one of the speakers at the protest.
One of the trans thugs pushed a woman as they surrounded the statue today in Manchester
The two sets of activists tussled before police officers intervened and calmed the groups down
The women speaking at the event were forced to speak elsewhere after the trans activists wouldn’t let them near the statue
She said: ‘Some of those men are six foot four in dresses. They are not coming in spaces with my daughter. Over my dead body.
‘I am not intimidated. I will not be silenced.’
She added: ‘We’ve watched this decline on our language, on our spaces, on our kids’ bodies.’
Yet Manchester Trans Rise Up claimed the day as a victory on Twitter.
The group said: ‘They didn’t get hold of the statue at any point. We claimed the space for for the entire time. Well done.’
Who was Emmeline Pankhurst?
Emmeline Pankhurst, from Manchester, is best remembered for organising the suffragette movement and winning women the right to vote in the UK.
One of the best-known founding members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), she oversaw the group from its non-violent beginnings but later advocated for direct action as a tactic for gaining the vote.
She was arrested several times and after being convicted of conspiracy to commit property damage, she used a common suffragist prison tactic – a hunger strike – to secure better conditions for her fellow suffragettes.
When the First World War began, Pankhurst refocused the WSPU’s efforts on supporting the war, causing a split in the group and within her own family. Her daughters Sylvia and Adela were pacifists.
One of the best-known founding members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU), Emmeline Pankhurst oversaw the group from its non-violent beginnings but later advocated for direct action as a tactic for gaining the vote