Rushdie, Pussy Riot featured at literary gala

by Rachel Baker on May 6, 2014

Just like every other media outlet in the world, the more times I can say pussy, as in Pussy Riot, on my website, the more empowered I feel. PUSSY riot, PUSSY riot, PUSSY riot…and tune in tomorrow for my review of the Spanish speaking Vagina Monologues!

Just kidding. The best part of the story is actually that the event was about free expression and Salman Rushdie gave a speech.

Read the article to see what he said – you might be surprised by which two fictional characters he believes best symbolizes creativity and courage.

On a night championing free expression and featuring speeches by Salman Rushdie, Toni Morrison and two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, no one moved the audience more than the daughter of an imprisoned Chinese dissident.

Jewher Ulham, daughter of Ilham Tohti, spoke with emotion, firmness and acknowledged nervousness Monday at the annual gala of PEN American Center. She accepted the PEN/Barbara Goldsmith of Expression Award on behalf of her father, a scholar arrested in January and charged with inciting separation among China’s ethnic Uighurs.

The only weapon her father had wielded was “words — spoken, written, distributed and posted,” Ulham, a student at Indiana University, told hundreds assembled at the American Museum of Natural History, including Rushdie, Morrison, Robert Caro and Martin Amis.

“This is all he has ever had at his disposal and all that he has ever needed. And this is what China finds so threatening.”

http://news.yahoo.com/rushdie-pussy-riot-featured-literary-gala-063054492.html

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