J.K. Rowling has retaliated against Russian President Vladimir Putin, who equated the West’s treatment of his country to the author’s public outcry.
The writer stated that criticism of cancel culture is “not best made” by those “slaughtering people” in the tweet posted to her Twitter account on Friday.
Rowling also condemned the invasion of Ukraine and shared a link to a BBC News item from 2021 on jailed anti-corruption politician Alexei Navalny.
“Critiques of Western cancel culture may not be best made by those currently executing civilians for the crime of resistance, or jailing and poisoning their opponents,” she tweeted to her 13.9 million Twitter followers, with the hashtag #IStandWithUkraine.
During a broadcast video conference with cultural luminaries on Friday, Putin railed about the West’s attempts to “cancel” Russia, comparing his country’s approach to the public outrage Rowling had in the past for opinions that were seen as transphobic by some. Putin, who portrays himself as a defender of conventional cultural norms, has been vocal in his opposition to transgender and gay rights.
“J.K. Rowling’s show was just canceled because she… did not satisfy the fans of so-called gender liberties,” Putin remarked through a video link to workers in the arts and literature sector.
He went on to say: “They are currently attempting to obliterate an entire 1,000-year-old country, our people. I’m referring to the growing discrimination against anything associated with Russia, a trend affecting several Western countries.”
Following Putin’s decision to invade Ukraine in late February, Russia has received widespread international censure and new sanctions. Putin compares the current situation with the Russian culture in the West to Nazi Germany’s suppression.
“Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich, and Rachmaninov are not on posters, and Russian authors and literature are prohibited,” Putin added, without providing any evidence. “The last time the Nazis in Germany carried out such a huge attempt to destroy unflattering books was over 90 years ago.”
Rowling previously claimed that her children’s charity, Lumos, has collaborated with the Ukrainian government since 2013. She launched a fundraising campaign the day after the Russian invasion to aid “thousands of youngsters stranded in Ukraine’s orphanages.”
“I’d like to remind you that up to £1 million ($1.3 million) in donations to our emergency appeal will be matched by me. You can donate here if you’re able. Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated. “She sent out a tweet on Friday.