The Satanic Verses, Rushdie’s controversial 1988 book, made the mistake of poking fun at the origins of Islam by suggesting that their prophet, Muhammad, was just as human as anyone and just as easily persuaded with money, fame, and sex.
As a result, the Islamic part of the world rose up in arms.
Sometimes literally: The Ayatollah Khomeini put out a death warrant against Rushdie.
At the time, ex-pop-singer-turned-fundamentalist-Muslim Cat Stevens (now Yusuf Islam), expressed enthusiastic support for the Ayatollah’s action.
When asked about it in more recent days, though, he has refused to answer, saying that his views were “misrepresented” at the time.