Names in the News
NEW YORK (AP) _ Author Salman Rushdie, in hiding since Ayatollah Khomeini ordered his execution for writing ″The Satanic Verses,″ will appear on CBS’ ″60 Minutes″ Sunday.
CBS officials said the interview with Mike Wallace took place at a secret location. Rushdie was escorted there by police from England’s Scotland Yard.
The author went into hiding in 1989 after Khomeini ordered him killed. The late Iranian leader said the ″The Satanic Verses″ denigrated Moslems.
Rushdie told Wallace he did not intend to insult Moslems.
″I’m not this kind of creature with horns and a tail that I’ve been painted,″ Rushdie said.
The 43-year-old author said he remains optimistic he can eventually reconcile with the Moslem world. But Rajei-Khorrasani, an Iranian Parliament leader, told Wallace the death sentence can never be lifted.
NEW YORK (AP) - Dennis Barrie, acquitted of obscenity charges for showing photographer Robert Mappletorpe’s controversial photos, says the controversy may put his museum out of business.
Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center and Barrie, its director, were acquitted this month of obscenity charges stemming from an exhibit of of Mapplethorpe’s photos, some of which showed nudity and graphic sexual behavior.
Barrie, in New York on Thursday to accept a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation, said the dispute has crippled the museum’s fund-raising efforts.
″We quite honestly don’t know if we will exist in a year or two,″ he said.
NEW YORK (AP) - Keenen Ivory Wayans, the creative force behind the hit comedy ″In Living Color,″ says he never worried that white people wouldn’t get the jokes, but he was surprised that so many like the show.
″I knew there wouldn’t be a problem with white people getting it, especially urban, hipper folks,″ said Wayans, who created the show and is one of its actors and writers. ″I was really concerned about the folks in the outskirts.″
But the fact that ″so many people get it ... gives validity to my theory that people aren’t color-conscious in their viewing habits. They’re content- conscious,″ he said in the Oct. 26 issue of USA Weekend.
The show, which won an Emmy during its first season, includes such skits as ″Homeboy Shopping Network,″ in which two chain-bedecked black men sell off luxury cars in a stadium parking lot while the vehicle owners watch a baseball game.
It also features wicked impersonations of such black celebrities as Mike Tyson, Arsenio Hall and the Rev. Jesse Jackson.
Wayans acknowledges that white people couldn’t get away with such jokes.
″It’s the old rule, you do have the right to have fun with your own, but not talk about the other guy,″ he said.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Guns N’ Roses has filed a $2 million lawsuit against K mart Corp. for alleged unauthorized use of the rock band’s picture and name in an advertisement for a toy drum set.
The band members ″suffered damage to their reputation, loss of good will, mental anguish resulting from the use of the advertisement without their consent,″ acording to the Superior Court lawsuit filed Wednesday.
The lawsuit, filed by attorney Kevin F. Ruf, seeks $1 million in special damages and $1 million in general damages. It alleges commercial invasion of privacy, misappropriation of the band’s name, unfair competition and trademark infringement.
K mart’s corporate offices in Troy, Mich., were closed late Thursday and no one was available to comment on the lawsuit, said a security guard who answered the phone.
PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) - The ex-wife of Revlon founder Charles Revson has been slapped with what city officials say is this tony resort’s biggest fine ever for failing to repair a crumbling seawall at her $3 million estate.
Johanna ″Ancky″ Johnson has been ordered to pay $193,000 or Palm Beach may begin foreclosure proceedings, said Town Attorney John Randolph. Officials placed a lien on her home last June.
Mrs. Johnson called the fine and lien ridiculous and said her son John Revson has been working with engineers to arrange repairs.
LOS ANGELES (AP) - Actor Edward Woodward is returning to television after a heart attack and exhaustion associated with working on the old show ″The Equalizer.″
When he quit two years ago, Woodward said he wouldn’t be back in another TV series, but he says he got restless and liked the role offered him in the new CBS show ″Over My Dead Body.″
″I did not want to do another television series, but it had nothing to do with the heart attack, although that was a terrifying experience,″ Woodward said recently.
″No, the fact is, I am not a television-series animal. I get restless quickly and I have always liked playing different roles constantly.″
In ″Over My Dead Body,″ Woodward plays a mystery novelist who teams up with a young, female newspaper writer to solve crimes.