4

Charlie Wilson's War Continues

^
Keep Houston Press Free
I Support
  • Local
  • Community
  • Journalism
  • logo

Support the independent voice of Houston and help keep the future of Houston Press free.

We wrote in August about the brouhaha over UT's plans to name a chair in South Asian studies for Charlie Wilson, the former U.S. Rep played by Tom Hanks in Charlie Wilson's War.

UT professors protested, saying Wilson had done far more harm than good over there.

Now a niece of Benazir Bhutto, the late prime minister of Pakistan, is weighing in.

On the Daily Beast website, she writes that "it's worth noting that of all the people to name a chair of Pakistani Studies after, Charlie Wilson is possibly the stupidest."

We're not sure if she means the idea of naming one for Wilson is the stupidest idea, or Charlie Wilson is the stupidest person who might have a chair named for him.

She writes:

Personally, this is a source of great revulsion for me. My aunt, Benazir, and I never agreed on much, and though she's no longer alive to debate the point, my guess is that the idea of such a chair would be one more thing we'd not see eye to eye on--she had quite a different relationship with the Taliban than I do.

Wilson himself has kept relatively quiet (for him) on the issue. Although he's probably tickled to be considered part of the academic elite.

Update: Elsewhere on the Bhutto beat, the Press' Craig Hlavaty points up to the memorial rap song recently released by Bhutto's daughter, complete with what the UK Independent calls "a borrowed Brooklyn accent."

-- Richard Connelly

Keep the Houston Press Free... Since we started the Houston Press, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Houston, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Houston with no paywalls.

We use cookies to collect and analyze information on site performance and usage, and to enhance and customize content and advertisements. By clicking 'X' or continuing to use the site, you agree to allow cookies to be placed. To find out more, visit our cookies policy and our privacy policy.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.

 

Join the Press community and help support independent local journalism in Houston.