J.K. Rowling has one famous fan who's not turning his back on her despite her nosedive into TERFdom over the last few years: Vladimir Putin.
That's right, the Russian president, currently waging war on Ukraine, spoke recently on TV about his support for Rowling and why he feels a kinship with her.
"They canceled Rowling recently, the children's author. Her books are published all over the world, [but they canceled her] just because she didn't satisfy the demands of gender rights," Putin said.
"They are now trying to cancel our country," he continued, likening himself to the Harry Potter author. "I'm talking about the progressive discrimination of everything to do with Russia." He then compared the "canceling" to Nazis burning books in Germany before World War II.
Putin's comments come after many people have started boycotting Russian products and art following the country's invasion of bordering nation Ukraine.
\u201c"It's impossible to imagine such a thing in our country"\n\nPresident Vladimir Putin uses J K Rowling as an example of Western cynicism and "cancel culture", which he says is currently being aimed at Russia.\n\nLatest on Ukraine: https://t.co/XTFXr6HmAe\n\n\ud83d\udcfa Sky 501 and YouTube\u201d
Instead, Rowling put out a flaccid statement against the world leader. "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, adding the hashtag "#IStandWith Ukraine."
\u201cCritiques 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\u201d