JK Rowling has been compared to Russia - and she's not happy.
The Harry Potter author has hit back at Russian President Vladimir Putin's claim that the West is trying to "cancel" his nation in the same way it did with Rowling.
Since Russian troops invaded Ukraine last month, countries across the globe have placed devastating sanctions on Putin's nation and sought to distance themselves from Russian affiliations.
This has seen some pro-war Russian composers and writers being excluded from events. Conductor Valery Gergiev - who has failed to condemn the nation's aggressive military campaign - has been dropped by festivals, concert halls, and management, BBC reports.[[imagecaption|| Credit: Russian Look Ltd. / Alamy]]
Meanwhile, a Welsh orchestra opted not to play music by Russian composer Tchaikovsky in one of their upcoming concerts, deeming some of the more military-themed pieces "inappropriate at this time."
At a meeting on Friday, President Putin gave a lengthy speech in which he claimed Russian creatives were being discriminated against and accused the West of "trying to cancel a thousand-year-old country," per BBC.
He went on to say that "the proverbial 'cancel culture' has become a cancelation of culture," adding: "They are banning Russian writers and books."
The president then went on to compare his country's situation with that of Rowling. The Harry Potter author who has faced widespread criticism for her comments on transgender issues and been branded 'transphobic' by many in the media - a label she denies.
"JK Rowling was canceled because she, a writer of books that have sold millions of copies around the world, didn't please fans of so-called gender freedoms," said Putin in his speech.
Unsurprisingly, Rowling was not best pleased by the comparison. Despite being a long-time critic of cancel culture, the author still didn't think it particularly helpful for Putin to be joining in the debate.
"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," she wrote in a tweet posted on Friday.
The author has claimed that her concern over transgender issues stems from a desire to keep single-sex spaces safe for women.
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