Vladimir Putin, who has been ostracized from the world stage since Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, railed against what he called Western efforts to “erase” his country.
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Vladimir Putin, in his latest tirade, said the West had already canceled JK Rowling and was trying to cancel Russia.
The Russian President cited the Harry Potter author as an example of what’s happening in the West, adding that he likes canceling people, comparing it to Russia’s cancellation.
Putin said Ms Rowling was ousted “simply for failing to meet gender rights demands”.
In a video call meeting with officials and cultural figures in Russia, he said: “They are now trying to denounce our country.
“I’m talking about progressive discrimination against everything related to Russia.”
He went on to compare “Abort Kultur” to the Nazi attempt to burn books in the 1930s.
He added: “We remember the footage of when they burned books.
“Something like this is unimaginable in our country and thanks to our culture we are insured against it.
“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.”
Children who were young recipients of awards for cultural achievements also took part in the video call as the Russian leader occasionally scolded.
Harry Potter stars, including Emma Watson, who played Hermione Grainger in the film adaptations of Mrs Rowling’s books, have distanced themselves from the outspoken author.
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During the recent Bafta Awards ceremony, after being introduced by host Rebel Wilson, Ms Watson seemed to take a wild dig at the best-selling author after her controversial comments about transgender women.
As Rebel, 42, welcomed Emma onto 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 witches.”
Ms Rowling, 56, has been widely criticized for her controversial comments about the trans community.
The drama unfolded when she publicly expressed her disapproval of certain transgender terminologies.
In June 2020, Rowling took to Twitter to tell her 14 million followers that she had a problem with the term “people who menstruate” being used instead of “women.”
“I’m sure there used to be a word for these people. someone can help me whoops wimpund? Woomud?” Rowling tweeted.
Her posts were branded “transphobic” by angry fans, with JK hitting back at her critics as she insisted, “It’s not hate telling the truth.”
After doubling down on her statement, Rowling added that she “respects the right of every trans person to live in a way that feels authentic and comfortable to them.”
As the excitement continued, the author shared an essay discussing her thoughts on biological sex.
She said her issues stemmed from being an abuse survivor, which raised her concerns about single-sex spaces.
“I bring these things up now, not to gain sympathy, but out of solidarity with the vast number of women who have a history like mine, who have been vilified as bigots for their concerns about same-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 lady’s coat and wig when killing his victims.
Rowling, who published the thriller under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, has come under renewed fire from allegations of transphobia.
Among those who joined 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 did Fantastic Beats franchise star Eddie Redmayne.
https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/uk-news/breaking-vladimir-putin-compares-himself-26555731 Vladimir Putin compares himself to JK Rowling and says he's 'cancelled'