JK Rowling responds after Putin name-checks her in a speech condemning the “abort culture.”

JK Rowling has spoken out against Vladimir Putin after defending the Harry Potter author in a speech condemning the “breakdown culture” in the West.

The Russian president claimed the West was trying to wipe out Russian culture, including the works of great composers such as Pyotr Tchaikovsky, Dmitri Shostakovich and Sergei Rachmaninoff.

He said the British author was also “cancelled” for her stance on transgender debates.

“They recently fired Joanne Rowling – the children’s book author, her books are published all over the world – just because she failed to meet the demands of gender rights,” he said during a televised address.

He continued: “They are now trying to abolish our country. I’m talking about the progressive discrimination against everything related to Russia.”

The Führer went on to compare “Aborting Culture” to Nazis attempting to burn books in the 1930s, a subject he returned to several times during the ongoing invasion of Ukraine.

Responding to Twitter, Rowling shared a BBC News report on a jailed Putin critic, writing: “Criticisms of Western abort culture may not be best leveled by those who currently slaughter civilians for the crime of resistance, or who imprison their critics and… poison. #IStandWithUkraine.”

She also shared numerous posts about the work of her children’s charity Lumos in the country that has been under Russian attack for more than four weeks.

Rowling has come under repeated criticism for various social media posts, which many accuse of being transphobic.

In June last year, Rowling sparked outrage for posting a series of tweets about menstruation that critics called “transphobic.” She took offense at the use of the phrase ‘people who menstruate’ in an article and tweeted, “‘People who menstruate.’ I’m sure there used to be a word for these people. someone help me whoops wimpund? woomud?”

While many Twitter users were supportive of Rowling, there were others as well – including numerous celebs strange eye Star Jonathan Van Ness and Harry Potter stars Katie Leung and Rupert Grint – who slammed her comment as “anti-trans” and argued that transgender, non-binary and gender non-conforming people can also menstruate.

The author’s novel 2020 restless blood also became a subject of controversy last year as the book revolves around a cisgender male serial killer who fetishizes women’s clothing and, in one instance, dresses up as a woman in the book to trick the person he’s kidnapping. Activists said the book’s anti-trans storyline could harm the community.

Earlier this month, the author sparked a backlash over a tweet marking International Women’s Day in which she criticized the Labor Party’s position on women’s rights.

She wrote: “Apparently today under a Labor government will be We Who Must Not Be Named Day.”

Rowling also personally criticized Labor leader Keir Starmer for saying “trans women are women”.

She had also criticized the Scottish Government’s proposal to introduce legislation that would make it easier for transgender people to self-identify.

Rowling has repeatedly dismissed the idea that she was “transphobic,” saying she “knows and loves” trans people. The author has also received death threats over her posts and previously her address in Scotland was leaked online by activists.

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