Our most recent coverage of J.K. Rowling as almost exclusively focused on her advocacy for women and willingness to take an unapologetic stand against the radical trans activism that seeks to erase women’s sexual identities.
But Rowling is plenty passionate about other issues. Like the evil of murderous tyrannical regimes, for example. So, when she learned that murderous tyrannical Russian President Vladimir Putin had invoked her name in order to paint himself as a victim of cancel culture, you can imagine that she was decidedly not amused.
Here’s Putin with his hot take:
Putin cites author JK Rowling as evidence the West engages in “cancel culture” pic.twitter.com/xv2EQz1baE
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) March 25, 2022
“They canceled Joanne Rowling recently, the children’s author. Her books are published all over the world,” Putin said. “Just because she didn’t satisfy the demands of gender rights.”…
Putin compared the criticism Rowling has received for her transphobic politics to a great variety of perceived indignities to the Russian people: the apparent removal of Russian writers and composers from undefined places in the West, Nazi book burnings, and even America dropping the nuclear bomb on Hiroshima and Nagasaki during World War II.
“We remember that footage when they were burning books,” Putin said. “It’s impossible to imagine such a thing in our country. We’re insured against these things thanks to our culture.”
The best part of this is actually where Putin claims that it's impossible to imagine writers being canceled in Russia thanks to its culture. I can think of quite a few Russian writers who experienced the ultimate cancellation. https://t.co/jnBVyKJFkQ
— Tim Marchman (@timmarchman) March 25, 2022
Anyway, as we noted above, Rowling was less than flattered at Putin suggesting that she’s some kind of cancel culture soul sister. Here’s how she responded:
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. #IStandWithUkraine https://t.co/aNItgc5aiW
— J.K. Rowling (@jk_rowling) March 25, 2022
Can we get an “amen”? How about a million of them? Because she didn’t just drop the mic on Vladimir Putin; she beat him senseless with it.
Naturally, more than a few of Rowling’s woke detractors will use this to draw favorable comparisons between Rowling’s views and Putin’s views.
This is your legacy now. It’s too late to turn back.
— Caz Walker (@CazLeCrew) March 25, 2022
Ever had a look round at who's stood with you and thought I might be on the wrong side here?
— Barry from down the red lion (@tomgood29) March 25, 2022
If you believe they’re on the same side I’ve got a bridge to sell you.
— Selfish Mother (@NoodleLover2) March 25, 2022
Exactly. Fortunately, J.K. Rowling hasn’t shown herself to be the type of activist to apologize for speaking up for women — or speaking out against Vladimir Putin. We don’t agree with all of her politics by any stretch, but when it comes to some of the biggest global issues out there, she’s rock-solid.
1/ A lot of the replies to this (again) show the intellect of JKR's detractors.
They desperately want to associate her to PUTIN, to have her guilty by association. Because they have no other valuable argument to counter what she keeps saying: Women and women's rights matter.
— Pitch (@JuPitch84) March 25, 2022
2/ What they fail to see is that, in doing so, they are doing exactly what PUTIN is doing, and playin right into his hands.
But make no mistake, and to quote JKR herself:https://t.co/fMms7QFP0K
— Pitch (@JuPitch84) March 25, 2022