Salman Rushdie chortles over Larry David’s ‘fatwa’


Larry David speaks onstage during Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts on October 4, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California. (Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images/AFP)
Author says ‚Curb Your Enthusiasm‘ is helping remove stigma from ‚Satanic Verses‘ by making fun of Iranian death sentence

The Times of Israel Staff

Author Salman Rushdie thinks it’s pretty, pretty funny that the long-awaited premier of HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” has a plot modeled on his own experience of being targeted by the Iranian regime with a fatwa.

In the first episode of the 9th season, which aired October 1, Larry David’s eponymous character talks about a musical he has been at work on, based on Rushdie, called — what else — “Fatwa!”

After a fictional Iranian ayatollah issues his own fatwa — or religious decree — ordering the death of the Seinfeld creator, the very Jewy David panics, offering to repent or even become Muslim, though the cleric declares that “even if he converts, he should still be sent to hell.”

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