Do Chicks Dig Fatwas?
The publication of his fourth novel "The Satanic Verses" in 1988 led to violent protests in the Muslim world for its depiction of the prophet Mohammad. The Supreme Leader of Iran, Ayatollah Khomeini, issued a death fatwa against Rushdie, which sent him into hiding for nearly a decade. Rushdie weathered countless death threats and many assassination attempts.
In June 2007, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth. In 2008 he became a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters and was named a Library Lion of the New York Public Library. In addition, "Midnight’s Children" was named the Best of the Booker—the best prize-winner in the award’s 40 year history—by a public vote. In 2008, The Times of London ranked Rushdie thirteenth on their list of "The 50 greatest British writers since 1945."
Question: Do chicks dig fatwas?
Salman Rushdie: No, they don’t. They don’t, but they might dig writers though. I mean I think, no... that wasn’t a great moment actually in terms of girlfriend numbers.
No, I think women like men who do interesting things. I think that we’re lucky as men that women are able to look beyond the physical towards something else, and I think people... I mean I like it in men too. I like men who do interesting things. And I think that sense that people have had a life that they do something in the world, et cetera. That is interesting to me and I mean I gather it’s interesting to women as well.
Recorded November 12, 2010
Interviewed by Max Miller
Directed / Produced by Jonathan Fowler
Salman Rushdie says that when Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini decreed that he should be killed in 1989 it wasn't so great for his love life.
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