Salman Rushdie chastises authors protesting PEN’s Charlie Hebdo tribute

NEW YORK – Salman Rushdie on Monday defended the PEN American Center’s plans to honour the magazine Charlie Hebdo, saying the decision of six writers to skip the PEN gala in protest will encourage intimidation.

Rushdie said in an email to The Associated Press that PEN is “quite right” to honour the Charlie Hebdo artists killed during a January shooting at the magazine’s Paris offices. Rushdie is a former president of the PEN American Center, a literary and human rights organization. He was forced into hiding for years over death threats related to his novel, The Satanic Verses, which Iran’s Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini condemned as anti-Muslim…

  • Good for him.

  • Mr. Rushdie is mistaken in thinking any scribe these days is after the truth and integrity.

  • winniec

    If you don’t honour someone who gives his life for freedom, whom will you honour?
    Michael Ondaatje benefits from the freedom they purchased and then spits on their graves.

    Rushdie is right. Writers who break ranks with the defence of writers ENCOURAGE THE TERRORISTS TO TRY HARDER NEXT TIME.

    More writers will die because of useful idiots like MICHAEL ONDAATJE…USEFUL IDIOT of the Islamic supremacists.

  • BillyHW

    What happened to all the Charlie Hebdo’s?

  • He is still an anti American idiot

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Am I the only one who can’t stand Padma Lakshmi?

      • Justin St.Denis

        No. You have lots of company. 😉

    • Justin St.Denis

      True, he is anti-American, like most Brits, btw. That having been said, Rushdie is right in this point. Disagreeing with him on ither issues should not affect the level of agreement with him on this one. Looking to always see one’s opinions reflected in others is a currently popukar form of narcissism. That is not to say that narcissism is no longer a psychiatric condition. It is. Be careful. 😉

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby
    • dance…dancetotheradio

      Koran: 53:21 First Draft
      There was a first draft?
      The Olsen Twins walk into a bar and order two Asshurts.
      The bartender says what’s an Asshurt?
      The Olsen Twins say Bob Saget gives you this milkshake and you wake up three hours later on your stomach.

      • DavidinNorthBurnaby

        First draft, Satanic version, whatever. Seems to send the you-know-who’s into fits when one mentions. ;-D