Whoops what a celebrity slip up this morning. The unguarded comments made by Martin Amis appear in the Independent . The flak who policed the interview needs to be shot. The following extract might just cause the author a few problems.
“And he has always loved this multiracialism, he says.” At that time, I had a Pakistani girlfriend, I had an Iranian girlfriend, and I had a South African girlfriend, all of whom were Muslim. It’s interesting. The Iranian one – this is 1969 – was into mini skirts and discos because she was not an inhabitant of an Islamic republic but of a decadent monarchy 10 years before the revolution. The Pakistani girl was just beginning to kind of Westernise. You would – I don’t know – just look at her and just feel eons between you.” Because of her faith? (Martin is allergic to superstition). “No, no. There were plenty of religious girls. It was that she couldn’t go out with me in public. I could go to her house, and I could be left alone in her room, a big house in High Street Kensington, but we absolutely couldn’t be seen in public.”
He was 22, and his Muslim amour was 21. “I was the first man she had ever kissed, and there were no tongues or anything. I was having a very hard time with girls at that point, and I thought, ah, a kiss.” He didn’t feel at that time that she was oppressed; it didn’t enter his mind. “I was very respectful of it really, and I was fond of her, but she was very vulnerable, and I wouldn’t have dreamt of…” He trails off. “No. It was after we kissed that I stopped going round.” Was the South African girl the same? “No. She was Muslim, but she had no problems in that area,” he says, and chuckles. He doesn’t know what has become of any of them now. “
I have a put a modest wager on the Sunday Times or Mail On Sunday tracking down his old girlfriends – could be a corking buy up. Expect an embarrassing double page spread soon.