Vladimir Putin, ostracized from the world stage since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, went on a rant about what he called western efforts to ‘cancel’ his country
Vladimir Putin has said the West has already canceled JK Rowling and is trying to cancel Russia, in his latest rant.
The Russian president cited the Harry Potter author as an example of what happens in the West, adding that it likes to cancel people and compared that with canceling Russia.
Putin said Ms Rowling was canceled “just because she didn’t satisfy the demands of gender rights.”
Speaking in Russia to a video-call meeting with officials and cultural workers he said: “They are now trying to cancel our country.
“I’m talking about the progressive discrimination of everything to do with Russia.”
He went on to like “cancel culture” as the same as Nazis trying to burn books in the 1930s.
He added: “We remember the footage when they were burning books.
“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.”
Children, who were young holders of prizes for cultural achievements, were also on the video call when the Russian leader went on the odd rant.
Harry Potter stars including Emma Watson, who played Hermione Grainger in the film adaptations of Ms Rowling’s books, have distanced themselves from the outspoken author.
AFP via Getty Images)
During the recent Bafta award ceremony after she was introduced by host Rebel Wilson, Ms Watson appeared to made a savage dig at the best-selling author following her controversial comments on transgender women.
As Rebel, 42, welcomed Emma to the stage, the Australian actress quipped: “Here to present the next award is Emma Watson. She calls herself a feminist, but we all know she’s a witch.”
To which Emma replied: “I’m here for ALL the witches.”
Ms Rowling, 56, has been widely criticized for her comments about the trans community.
The drama unfolded when she publicly shared her disapproval of certain transgender terminology.
In June 2020, Rowling took to Twitter to share with her 14 million followers that she had an issue with the term ‘people who menstruate’ being used instead of ‘women.’
“I’m sure there used to be a word for those people. Someone help me out. Wumben? Wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling tweeted.
Her posts were branded ‘transphobic’ by infuriated fans with JK hitting back at her critics as she insisted: “It isn’t hate to speak the truth.”
After doubling down on her statement, Rowling added that she respects ‘every trans person’s rights to live any way that feels authentic and comfortable to them.’
As the furore went on, the author then shared an essay discussing her thoughts on biological sex.
She said her issues stemmed from being a survivor of abuse which gave her concerns about single sex spaces.
“I’m mentioning these things now not in an attempt to garner sympathy, but out of solidarity with the huge numbers of women who have histories like mine, who’ve been slurred as bigots for having concerns around single-sex spaces,” she wrote.
Months later, the debate resurfaced when it was revealed that the villain in Ms Rowling’s latest book Troubled blood, was a male serial killer who dons a woman’s coat and wig when killing his victims.
Rowling, who released the crime fiction novel under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, came under fire from accusations of transphobia once again.
Among those weighing in on the debate were some of Harry Potter’s biggest stars.
Leading trio Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint and Emma Watson all spoke out against Rowling’s views as well as star of FantasticBeats franchise Eddie Redmayne.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.