Oxfam today face boycott calls over a Pride month cartoon which saw it accused of basing an anti-trans ‘villain’ on JK Rowling.
The video, which was shared online with charity’s millions of supporters, featured three figures, two men and a woman, with evil-looking eyes.
But the woman appeared to look like the Harry Potter author.
Ms Rowling is understood to have seen the cartoon and liked a tweet criticising the depiction of the cartoon character. She declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.
Oxfam insisted this afternoon it was not supposed to be based on anyone and said it would re-release a cut version of the cartoon. The version it later published had completely removed the scene.
The cartoon character in the original appeared to resemble Ms Rowling’s usual haircut and style, as well as a green dress she has been pictured wearing. A memorial poppy she wore in the real image – taken at a 2018 film premiere – is replaced with a badge, bearing the word ‘Terf’.
The acronym stands for Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist, a view the author has denied having.
It came on the same day the charity was accused of hounding out a volunteer for defending the writer. A former worker – calling herself Maria – said she was accused of transphobia before settling with the charity, which apologised for its handling of the process.
Read more: Oxfam faces boycott calls over ‘Terf’ Pride cartoon ‘depicting JK Rowling’: Charity apologises saying it had ‘no intention to portray any particular person’ as it deletes clip and releases edited version