Kurt Westergaard, the Danish artist who drew the most famous of the Motoons, expresses his opinion about Random House in his latest interview, this one from Berlingske Tidende.
Our Danish correspondent TB has kindly translated it into English:
Kurt Westergaard criticizes publishing firm
The cartoonist Kurt Westergaard criticizes an American publisher that cancelled a novel about the youngest wife of the prophet Mohammed.
The publication in the USA of a novel about the prophet Mohammed’s child wife Aisha has been cancelled out of fear of what militants might do. The artist from Jyllands-Posten, Kurt Westergaard, calls it ‘a slippery slope’ — especially because it is the big publisher Random House which, out of fear of violent reactions, has halted publication.
– – – – – – – – –
“Unfortunately it is now one of the biggest publishers which is bending, and this does not sound very promising. When they do not take risks, a lot of the smaller ones probably do not either. It is the big publishers who should be walking in front,” says Westergaard.
The Jewel of Medina is about the child bride of Mohammed, Aisha. But the publisher Random House released the writer from her contract in as a result of consultations about the book. The publisher is afraid that the publication will offend groups in Muslim society and incite violence among small, radical segments. But the good advice from the experts annoys Kurt Westergaard.
“The fanatics have already won when we retreat. So it really is sad,” says the Danish artist, who made one of the drawings of Mohammed that led to violent protests in many Muslim countries.