The frustrating part of being tagged 'controversial' is people go looking for trouble where there isn't any to look for.
If bigots behave like bigots, it's not a huge surprise.
Sometimes I think that when people become famous, there's a public perception that they are not human beings any more. They don't have feelings; they don't get hurt; you can act and say as you like about them.
In writing 'The Satanic Verses,' I think I was writing for the first time from the whole of myself. The English part, the Indian part. The part of me that loves London, and the part that longs for Bombay. And at my typewriter, alone, I could indulge this.
Dennis C. Blair
Siobhan Fallon Hogan