Prominent author Salman Rushdie, who had faced death threats from radical Islamist groups over his controversial book Satanic Verses, says that the recent anti-Islam video on YouTube which has fanned protests in countries across the world should just be ignored.
“Yes there is this stupid film, and the correct response to a stupid film on YouTube is to say, ‘its a stupid film on YouTube’ and you get on with the rest of your life,” Rushdie said in an interview with CNN.
Speaking about the violence that erupted over the video, in which US ambassador to Libya was also killed, Rushdie said, “This is very much a product of the outrage machine.”
The author also believes the protests over the video have nothing to do with religion, but is purely a political act.
“To take that (the film) and to deliberately use it to inflame your troops is a political act, that’s not about religion,” he said.