Putin cites JK Rowling as evidence of West’s ‘breakaway culture’ – POLITICO

Vladimir Putin has criticized the so-called break-off culture in the West, saying it is “impossible to imagine” something like this happening in Russia.

The Russian President cited Harry Potter author JK Rowling as someone who had been “cancelled” for her stance on sex and gender rights.

In a televised address, Putin said: “You recently removed children’s author Joanne Rowling because she is an author of books – which have sold hundreds of millions of copies worldwide – but did not please fans of so-called gender freedoms. ”

Rowling continued to reply Twitter by writing, “Criticisms of Western break-up culture may not be best made by those who are currently slaughtering civilians for the crime of resistance, or imprisoning and poisoning their critics,” with a link to a BBC story about jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and the hashtag “I stand with Ukraine.”

In 2020 Rowling sparked controversy after grappling with a headline in an online article about “menstruating people.” Critics have accused her of being transphobic, an accusation she denies.

In his speech, Putin added: “They are now trying to wipe out our entire 1,000-year-old country, our people. I’m talking about progressive discrimination against everything related to Russia.” He said this included the cancellation of performances of works by Russian composers Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

He compared “Abort Kultur” to Nazis attempting to burn books in the 1930s, and also criticized Hollywood for “nullifying the Red Army’s contribution to the defeat of the Nazis.”

“Something like that is unimaginable in our country, and thanks to our culture we are insured against it,” Putin said. “And for us it is inextricably linked to our motherland, to Russia, where there is no place for ethnic intolerance, where representatives of dozens of ethnic groups have lived together for centuries.” Putin cites JK Rowling as evidence of West's 'breakaway culture' - POLITICO

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