JK Rowling slams Vladimir Putin defending her against 'cancel culture'

British author JK Rowling has slammed Vladimir Putin after the Russian President made a reference, mentioning her in his latest speech.

Published: 26th March 2022 01:11 PM  |   Last Updated: 26th March 2022 01:13 PM   |  A+A-

JK Rowling. (Photo | AP)

JK Rowling. (Photo | AP)


LONDON: British author JK Rowling has slammed Vladimir Putin after the Russian President made a reference, mentioning her in his latest speech.

As per Variety, Putin had stated on Friday that his country was being "cancelled" by Western culture, similar to how Rowling has faced criticism for her controversial anti-trans comments.

"They cancelled [J.K.] Rowling recently, the children's author. Her books are published all over the world, [but they cancelled her] just because she didn't satisfy the demands of gender rights," Putin had said.

Responding to this comparison on Twitter, the 'Harry Potter' franchise author wrote, "Critiques of Western cancel culture are possibly not best made by those currently slaughtering civilians for the crime of resistance, or who jail and poison their critics," followed by 'I Stand With Ukraine' hashtag. Putin had further also likened "cancel culture" to Nazis trying to burn books in the 1930s.

"We remember the footage when they were burning books. It is impossible to imagine such a thing in our country and we are insured against this thanks to our culture. And it's inseparable for us from our motherland, from Russia, where there is no place for ethnic intolerance, where for centuries representatives from dozens of ethnic groups have been living together," he said.

For several years now, Rowling has been surrounded by controversy due to her gender beliefs and a series of anti-transgender tweets posted in 2020. At the time the author had argued that discussing gender identity negates biological sex.

As per Variety, most recently, Rowling generated backlash for opposing a reform bill in Scotland that would make it easier for transgender people to legally change their gender. 


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp