Russian pranksters Vladimir Kuznetsov and Alexei Stoliarov, also known as “Vovan and Lexus”, tricked British writer JK Rowling into impersonating Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
Revealing the video of the prank at the St Petersburg International Economic Forum, Kuznetsov and Stoliarov told their audience that they had asked Rowling about “cancel culture” and her views on Russia.
The pranksters, who also shared the video on Russian video platform Rutube, said they targeted Rowling because of her own experience of ‘cancellation culture’ and wanted to see if she had what they called a ” hypocritical position” on Russia.
Comparing the scar on Harry Potter‘s forehead with the shape of the letter “Z” (symbol of pro-Russian forces), the Russian duo asked him if it was possible to remove this scar given the geopolitical situation.
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Highlighting her support for Ukraine, Rowling said her Lumos Foundation raises money for Ukrainian refugees.
In response, Stoliarov asked him, “Where do you send the money collected by Lumos? What we really like is the modern weaponry. We want to buy more weapons and missiles with your money to destroy Russian forces. I hope you will all agree with this. .”
Justifying her decision, Rowling said, “I think we’ll take care of the children (with this money). But I really want Ukraine to have all the weapons it needs.”
After making comments about transgender rights, the ‘Harry Potter‘ author received a lot of criticism on social media and beyond, leading many to describe it as ‘canceled’.
From former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Kuznetsov and Stolyarov have a long history of deceiving dozens of high-profile politicians and influential global figures.
(With agency contributions)