Vladimir Putin made some rather controversial comments, comparing JK Rowling’s most recent attempts to cancel not just to canceled Russian artists, but to canceled Russian nation in light of the ongoing conflict with Ukraine.
“With the full connivance and sometimes full encouragement of the ruling elites, the infamous cancel culture has turned into cancel culture. Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, Rachmaninoff are removed from concert programs. Russian writers and their books are also banned,” the Russian leader said during a recent videoconference.
Putin went on to say, “The last time such a massive enterprise of destroying inappropriate literature was carried out almost 90 years ago by the Nazis in Germany. We know and remember very well the film archive footage of burnt books.
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The Russian leader also claimed during his speech: “Not so long ago, children’s writer Joanne Rowling, whose books sold hundreds of millions worldwide, was canceled because she displeased to defenders of so-called gender freedoms.
‘Today they are trying to nullify the whole country with a millennial history, our people. I am talking about the continued discrimination of anything related to Russia, this trend, which is growing in a number of Western states with the full connivance and sometimes full encouragement of the ruling elites,” he said.
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Putin’s comparison did not sit well with the Harry Potter author, who took to social media to denounce the Russian leader’s comments.
“Criticisms of Western cancel culture are perhaps no better made by those currently massacring civilians for the crime of resistance, or imprisoning and poisoning their critics,” Rowling wrote, including the hashtag #IStandWithUkraine .
In his tweet, the author also shared a report, originally published in October last year, which sheds light on the story of anti-corruption activist and critic of Vladimir Putin Alexei Navalny, who in August 2020 was poisoned and finally imprisoned in February of 2021.
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In a follow-up tweet, Rowling said she had offered her support for Ukrainian children trapped in orphanages and other institutions through Lumos, a charity the author funded in December 2014.
“An update on the work of the charity for my children @lumos in #Ukraine. Children trapped in orphanages and other institutions are currently exceptionally vulnerable. Thank you very much to everyone who has already donated for the call from Lumos in Ukraine,” Rowling wrote.
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In another later post on her social media, Rowling reminded her followers that she “will personally match all donations to our emergency appeal, up to £1m. If you can, you can make a donation here. Once again, thank you very much to everyone who has already donated.
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JK Rowling has been targeted by transgender activists countless times over the past few years. The most recent controversy surrounding the creator of Harry Potter was sparked after Rowling voiced her opinion on biological men identifying as women.
Earlier in March, the author shared testimony from Susan Dalgety, a writer for The Scotsman who was sexually assaulted aged 11, in response to the Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice’s claim, housing and local government Shona Robison that there was no sexual evidence. predators ‘never had to pretend to be anything else’ over the Scottish Parliament’s Gender Recognition Reform Bill.
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“The most burning, heartfelt and courageous response to date [Cabinet Secretary for Social Justice, Housing and Local Government Shona Robison]The astonishing claim by the Scottish Parliament that there is no evidence that sexual predators ‘ever had to pretend to be anything else’.
“Susan, as a survivor, I salute you,” Rowling wrote.
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Responding to Rowling’s tweet, user @angijones wrote, “There is self-identification in my town (Melbourne, Australia). Men are self-identifying in female sexual assault recovery services.”
She continued, “Say no and they’ll take you to the Human Rights Tribunal. Women exclude themselves. Groups implode. More services for our most vulnerable women.
Agreeing with the comment, Rowling claimed: “Exactly that. The law [First Minister of Scotland Nicola Sturgeon]’s trying to cross into Scotland will harm the most vulnerable women in society: those seeking help after male violence/rape and women in prison.
“Statistics show that imprisoned women are already much more likely to have been abused in the past,” Rowling explained.
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Before the latest controversy sparked by transgender activists, Rowling was accused of promoting anti-Semitism in the Harry Potter books by comedian Jon Stewart, who claimed in his podcast that the Gringotts Bank Goblins were based on cartoons found in The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. .
“Let me show you this. It’s from The Protocols of the Elders of Zion. I just want to show a cartoon, and they’re like, ‘Oh, look at this. It’s from Harry Potter, and you say ‘No’. It’s a caricature of a Jew taken from anti-Semitic literature,” the comedian said in an episode of his eponymous podcast.
He further said: “JK Rowling was like, ‘Can we get these guys to run our bank?’ And you’re like, “It’s…it’s a wizarding world. It’s a world where it’s like this. The train station has half a thing and no one can see it. And we can ride dragons and you have a pet owl. Who should run the bank? The Jews.'”
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