Putin Says West Trying to “Cancel” Russia Like “Harry Potter” Author JK Rowling

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday claimed that both Russia and Harry Potter author JK Rowling were victims of western “cancel culture,” Sky News reports.

Putin in a televised speech argued that Rowling, who has been criticized for anti-trans statements, “didn’t satisfy the demands” of critics.

"They are now trying to cancel our country. I’m talking about the progressive discrimination of everything to do with Russia," he said.

Putin compared “cancel culture” to Nazi book burnings.

"We remember the footage when they were burning books," he said. "It is impossible to imagine such a thing in our country and we are insured against this thanks to our culture. And it’s inseparable for us from our motherland, from Russia, where there is no place for ethnic intolerance, where for centuries representatives from dozens of ethnic groups have been living together.”

Rowling distances herself:

Rowling sought to distance herself from Putin’s comments, tweeting, “I stand with Ukraine.”

Rowling also tweeted a BBC article about Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, who was sentenced to a lengthy prison stint this week on politicized charges.

"Critiques of Western cancel culture are possibly not best made by those currently slaughtering civilians for the crime of resistance, or who jail and poison their critics,” Rowling said.

Rowling raises money for Ukraine:

Rowling said her children’s charity, Lumos, is raising money to help Ukrainians impacted by Russian aggression.

Rowling vowed to match donations up to $1.3 million.

"The money raised will go directly to helping the thousands of children trapped by the fighting in Ukraine’s orphanages, unable to leave due to disability or lack of available family care. The conditions these children are facing are unimaginable, compounding the already present trauma of being confined to an institution in the first place," she said.

 

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