Friday, August 08, 2008
So, not setting a precedent, then?--veinglory
Salman Rushdie threatens to sue over what a policeman from his protection detail published in the book On Her Majesty's Service. "Sir Salman said the book was defamatory and is demanding that the offending chapters be removed."
Meanwhile Random House, who published Rushdie's Satanic Verses, backed out of releasing The Jewel of Medina just six days before launch because: "this book might be offensive to some in the Muslim community, but also that it could incite acts of violence by a small, radical segment’." (see: SBTB for more)
I guess the message is 1) what is good for the goose may still get the gander's dander up and 2) a publisher may make a stand on principle, but take away the lesson that it totally wasn't worth it.