JK Rowling hits back at Putin after he compared Russia to her in rant against cancel culture

In a post shared on her Twitter account On Friday, the writer said critiques of cancel culture “are not best done” by these “civilian killings.”
Rowling also posted a link to a 2021 BBC News article about imprisoned anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny and denounced the invasion of Ukraine.

“Criticisms of Western cancel culture are perhaps no better made by those who are now massacring civilians for the crime of resistance, or imprisoning and poisoning their critics,” she told her 13, 9 million followers on Twitter, with the hashtag #IStandWithUkraine.

Putin complained about the cancellation of culture during a televised videoconference with cultural figures on Friday, saying the West was trying to ‘cancel’ Russia, and likened his country’s treatment to a public backlash which Rowling has faced in the past for views perceived by some as transphobic. Putin, who presents himself as a standard bearer for conservative cultural values, has spoken out against trans and gay rights.

“JK Rowling was recently canceled because she…didn’t appeal to fans of so-called gender freedoms,” Putin said, addressing arts and literature workers via video link .

He continued: “Today they are trying to nullify a whole 1,000 year old country, our people. I am talking about the increasing discrimination of everything related to Russia, this trend that is taking place in a number of western states.

Russia faced strong international condemnation and new sanctions over Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine in late February. In his remarks, Putin went on to compare the current situation of Russian culture in the West to censorship in Nazi Germany.

“Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff are banned from posters, Russian writers and their books are banned,” Putin said, without presenting any evidence. “The last time such a massive campaign to destroy unfavorable literature was waged by the Nazis in Germany was almost 90 years ago.”

Rowling previously revealed that her children’s charity Lumos had worked with the Ukrainian government since 2013, and she appealed for funds the day after the Russian invasion to help “thousands of children trapped in the fighting in Ukrainian orphanages”.

“A reminder: I will personally match all donations to our emergency appeal, up to £1m ($1.3m). If you can, you can donate here. Again , thank you so much to everyone who has already donated,” she tweeted on Friday.


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