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Royal Academy REFUSES to sell artist’s work amid ‘transphobia’ allegations

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Royal Academy REFUSES to sell artist’s work after ‘concerted campaign’ from activists over 2019 blog post where she wrote a woman is ‘an adult human female’ and criticised Stonewall

  • Royal Academy of Arts has pulled Jess de Wahls’ work from its gift shop
  • German artist was accused of expressing ‘transphobic’ views in 2019 blog
  • She claimed work was pulled after a ‘concerted effort’ from online activists
  • RA received complaints for selling works ‘by artist expressing transphobic views’

The Royal Academy of Arts has pulled a German textile artist’s work from its gift shop following allegations that she had expressed ‘transphobic’ opinions.

Jess de Wahls, who was born in East Germany, was found to be in ‘conflict’ with the values of the institution over views expressed in a 2019 blog which criticised ‘gender identity ideology’ and LGBT charity Stonewall.

The RA issued a statement online on Thursday, in which it said it had received complaints for selling works ‘by an artist expressing transphobic views’.

Jess de Wahls, who was born in East Germany, was found to be in ‘conflict’ with the values of the British institution over views expressed in a 2019 blog post which criticised ‘gender identity ideology’ and Stonewall

It added that Miss de Wahls’s work ‘will not be stocked in future’, and thanked those who had complained to them about it.

The Instagram statement added: ‘The RA is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and does not knowingly support artists who act in conflict with these values. We would like to reiterate that we stand with the LGBTQ+ community’.

Miss de Wahls has claimed that her work was pulled from the gift shop after a ‘concerted effort’ from online activists over her alleged transphobia.

She wrote in a 2019 blog that a woman is ‘an adult human female’ and ‘not an identity or feeling’, adding: ‘I can not accept people’s unsubstantiated assertions that they are in fact the opposite sex to when they were born.’

Miss de Wahls argued in her blog that the ‘ideology’ of gender politics enforced censorship akin to that found in her birthplace of East Germany and had a detrimental impact on the rights of women and girls.

Though she claims to have been subjected to online abuse over her views, Miss de Wahls supported the rights of transgender people as a marginalised group.  

The Royal Academy issued a statement online on Thursday, in which it said it had received complaints for selling works 'by an artist expressing transphobic views'

The Royal Academy issued a statement online on Thursday, in which it said it had received complaints for selling works ‘by an artist expressing transphobic views’

The Instagram statement added: 'The RA is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and does not knowingly support artists who act in conflict with these values. We would like to reiterate that we stand with the LGBTQ+ community'

The Instagram statement added: ‘The RA is committed to Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and does not knowingly support artists who act in conflict with these values. We would like to reiterate that we stand with the LGBTQ+ community’

Maya Forstater, who won an appeal after losing her job following tweets stating trans women were ‘not women’, warned of the growth of ‘McCarthyism’ in society.

She told the Telegraph: ‘Organisations have got used to overreacting to complaints of transphobia. They need to take a deep breath, look at the Equality Act and consider that everybody has rights.’ 

The campaign groups Sex Matters has called on the director of the RA to reinstate Miss de Wahls’ works and apologise to the artist.

In a letter, they claimed the decision to pull her work came after a ‘handful of coordinated complaints’, adding: ‘The Royal Academy is carrying out an egregious and blatant belief discrimination against textile artist Jess de Wahls.’  

Miss de Wahls is a textile artist who makes embroidered portraits, often dealing with feminism. Her work was sold in the RA gift shop, where prints of controversial artists have previously been made available for sale.

Prints of the work of Paul Gauguin, who reportedly had sexual relationships with a succession of young girls, were sold during the 2020 exhibition Gauguin and the Impressionists.

Artist and sculptor Eric Gill, now known to have sexually abused his daughters, was an associate of the RA during his lifetime.

MailOnline has approached the RA for comment.

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