Sir Salman Rushdie has labelled a pair of novelist friends as cowards after they boycotted a freedom of speech award for the French magazine Charlie Hebdo.Salman Rushdie slams ‘coward’ Peter Carey over Charlie Hebdo
The Booker Prize-winning author described Peter Carey and Michael Ondaatje as “pussies” for pulling out of a gala event in the US.
The pair were among a group of six writers who questioned whether a publication that brazenly offended Muslims should be awarded the annual Freedom of Expression Courage award by PEN, an association that promotes free speech, on May 5 in New York.
“The big mistake that these writers make is that they are essentially withdrawing their support from the principle of freedom of expression. If freedom of expression means anything, then it’s supporting work that you don’t like. It’s very disappointing because we need that solidarity.”
She said that the award was for the courage shown by Charlie Hebdo’s staff not only for publishing material that some would find offensive but also for “deciding to continue to publish when they must have been on their knees”.
April 28, 2015
Salman Rushdie slams ‘coward’ Peter Carey over Charlie Hebdo
Rushdie keeps his backbone, while far too many writers are still in search of theirs.