What does Putin and Harry Potter author JK Rowling have in common?
In a recent interview, Vladimir Putin brought up Rowling in a rant about the West “trying to cancel” Russia.
Since the crisis in Ukraine began, there have been some misguided attempts to bash or boycott Russian composers like Tchaikovsky, Shostakovich and Rachmaninoff – all of whom have been dead for generations.
On the heels of such campaigns, Putin is not pleased.
“Today they are trying to cancel a whole thousand-year culture – our people,” Mr Putin commented.
“They are banning Russian writers and books.”
Regarding Mrs. Rowling, the embattled president said she was cancelled “just because she didn’t satisfy the demands of gender rights.”
He continued: “They are now trying to cancel our country. I’m talking about the progressive discrimination of everything to do with Russia.”
Rowling has been scorned by many progressives who believe the author is trans-phobic after writing an article about trans-activism eroding the legal definition of sex. The comments created a massive uproar – and lost her significant revenue from development deals being pulled.
As of publication, Rowling is yet to comment on her new-found supporter, though we’d imagine she’s not going to gloat about it anytime soon.
There is a world of difference between Rowling and Putin. Rowling did not bomb women and children. Putin is evil and cruel and started the war in Ukraine for his own means. Rowling is paying the price of her own conviction and I can admire that. Putin’s price is being payed by Ukrainians, Russian soldiers, and much of the world – I loath that!!! The only one who has not paid the price for Putin’s paranoia is Putin himself. But this is typical and vintage Putin – trying to compare and attach his evil situation that he caused to a much more moral situation so as to legitimize the evil he is doing to the world. This is the Russian playbook ever since the cold war.
Biden*, foolish Western governments, the EU & the Enemedia are working tirelessly to cancel all things Russian. Ukraine voters elected a pro-Russian leader that was subsequently displaced by a corrupt charlatan. Ignoring the Belgrade & Budapest Agreements, Zelensky began pandering to the West’s cold~war NATO organization for entrance.
NATO should have been dismantled after the end of the cold war, not expanded eastward to include former Soviet states.
Ukraine should have remained neutral, not enact anti-Russian language rules & recognised the independence of pro-Russian ethnic majority states of the Crimea, & the Donbas. Why isn’t Zelinsky suing for peace instead of prolonging a fight he cannot win?