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J.Ok. Rowling was a sufferer of a prank, and the “Harry Potter” creator was not amused.
A video surfaced this week of Rowling believing she was on a Zoom name with Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky.
The creator was conned by a Russian comedy duo, Vovan and Lexus. The group is infamous for tricking celebrities, nevertheless a spokesperson for Rowling known as the video “edited” and “distasteful.”
“We will verify that J.Ok. Rowling was a sufferer of a distasteful hoax video name by Russian pranksters, Vovan and Lexus, posing on digicam as Ukraine’s President Zelensky,” the spokesperson advised Fox Information Digital.
“J.Ok. Rowling was approached to speak about her in depth charitable work in Ukraine by means of her charity Lumos, supporting youngsters and households who’ve been affected by the present battle within the area. The video, which has been edited, is a distorted illustration of the dialog,” the spokesperson concluded.
Rowling’s Lumos charity has been aiding Ukraine youngsters and households within the Zhytomyr area.
On Friday, the group tweeted, “Our Ukraine response group is working tirelessly on the bottom to supply materials and psychological assist to the youngsters and households throughout this disaster.”
When the pranksters addressed her charity, they mentioned, “I need to make clear the place you might be sending the cash that Lumos has collected. … We need to purchase quite a lot of weapons and missiles together with your cash to destroy Russian troops, I hope you might be all for that.”
Within the video, Rowling is seen replying, “We’ll take care of the youngsters, however I actually need Ukraine to have all the arms it wants.”
All through the prank name, Vovan and Lexus made a number of “Harry Potter” refrences, even claiming the scar on Potter’s head seems like a “Z,” which has turn out to be of image of Russian assist throughout their invasion of Ukraine. The Russian navy has positioned the image on a number of of their navy tanks.
Vovan and Lexus requested Rowling if she would change the well-known image to a Ukraine trident and she or he replied, “I’ll look into that. It is perhaps good for me to do one thing with that myself on social media as a result of I feel that can get into the newspapers.”
The 2 males, Vladimir “Vovan” Kuznetsov and Aleksei “Lexus” Stolyarov have fooled a number of celebrities up to now, together with Elton John, President George W. Bush, Vice President Harris and Prince Harry.
The Russian pranksters referenced Rowling’s character, Albus Dumbledore, and requested the creator if the character was homosexual, including “hopefully not a transgender.” The remark was a jab to Rowling’s controversial feedback on the transgender group.
The video was first flagged by the Rowling Library, a web site devoted to information surrounding the creator.
The pranksters ended the decision with a trio showing on the Zoom claiming they had been members of “The Order of the Ukrainian Phoenix” that learn the “Harry Potter” collection to troopers. All of them wore matching purple t-shirts that learn “Solely Putin” in Russian.