Okay, I try not to get riled up anymore and it’s very difficult to get me to publically rant. I am going to publically rant. You have been warned. John Grisham gave an interview to Daily Telegraph in which he said the following.
“We have prisons now filled with guys my age. Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child,” he said in an exclusive interview to promote his latest novel Gray Mountain which is published next week.
“But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”
The author of legal thrillers such as The Firm and A Time to Kill who has sold more than 275m books during his 25-year career, cited the case of a “good buddy from law school” who was caught up in a Canadian child porn sting operation a decade ago as an example of excessive sentencing.
“His drinking was out of control, and he went to a website. It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’. So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.
“He shouldn’t ’a done it. It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys. He didn’t touch anything. And God, a week later there was a knock on the door: ‘FBI!’ and it was sting set up by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police to catch people – sex offenders – and he went to prison for three years.”
“There’s so many of them now. There’s so many ‘sex offenders’ – that’s what they’re called – that they put them in the same prison. Like they’re a bunch of perverts, or something; thousands of ’em. We’ve gone nuts with this incarceration,” he added in his loft-office in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Asked about the argument that viewing child pornography fuelled the industry of abuse needed to create the pictures, Mr Grisham said that current sentencing policies failed to draw a distinction between real-world abusers and those who downloaded content, accidentally or otherwise.
“I have no sympathy for real paedophiles,” he said, “God, please lock those people up. But so many of these guys do not deserve harsh prison sentences, and that’s what they’re getting,” adding sentencing disparities between blacks and whites was likely to be the subject of his next book.
Sixty-year-old white men in prison who’ve never harmed anybody.
Sixty year old white men are special and should be given preferential treatment when it comes to child porn. If they were black or Asian, it would be different.
But they got online one night and started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, and pushed the wrong buttons, went too far and got into child porn.”
Men look at porn. Women look at porn. You know what is really difficult to accidentally find on the internet? Child porn. A vast majority of pornography sites clearly state that all of their actors and actresses are 18 or older. You have to actively look for child porn.
It was labelled ‘sixteen year old wannabee hookers or something like that’. And it said ’16-year-old girls’.
This site said 16 year old girls. This was not a trick.
So he went there. Downloaded some stuff – it was 16 year old girls who looked 30.
He didn’t just accidentally click on the site and clicked away. He downloaded images of children. Oh but they looked 30, so it must be okay then.
It was stupid, but it wasn’t 10-year-old boys.
Boys are inherently more valuable and precious than girls. It’s okay to exploit and abuse a 16 year old girl, because her safety, life, and freedom are not worth as much as that of a 10 year old boy.
There’s so many ‘sex offenders’ – that’s what they’re called – that they put them in the same prison.
Yes. It’s done to protect them from the general prison population, because sex offenders are brutalized in prison. You see how that works? Our prison system – which is draconian – still has more regard for sex offenders than they do for their victims.
“I have no sympathy for real paedophiles,” he said, “God, please lock those people up.
People who get off on images of children being raped and sodomized by grown men are not real pedophiles.
Let’s take this one point at a time.
1) Looking at the images of sexual acts performed by or on children, girls or boys, is pedophilia. It is illegal.
2) Looking at the images of sexual acts performed by or on children, girls or boys, is not a victimless crime. Somebody had to take these images.
When I was fifteen, Russian newspapers were filled with advertisements targeted specifically at young girls, ages 14-18, offering excellent wages for picking peaches in Turkey. These adds were specifically pointed out to us by our teachers and parents as human trafficking traps. If you went to pick peaches in “Turkey,” you would never get home. You would be sold like cattle for someone’s sexual gratification. When you look at the images of child porn, you are looking at someone who might be a slave, who might be a starving runaway, or a child repeatedly victimized by someone he or she trusted. That makes you a fucking scumbag.
3) 60 year old WHITE men. I will just let that one stand as is. Although I find it extremely hard to believe that our prisons are overcrowded with 60 year old white men and not, let’s just take a wild stab out there, minority men ages 18-25, who often grow up in poverty, lacking education and basic advantages children from middle class families enjoy.
4) If you want to reduce prison population, how about advocating for legalizing marijuana? Here is a handy dandy chart for you. As of 2014, 11, 946 sex offenders are incarcerated in federal prisons in US. Do you want to know how many people are there on drug charges? 98,554. Of these, 27.6% are there because of pot. That means 27, 201 people. You want to ease the burden on our prisons, have at it.
I really liked The Brethren. One of my favorite books. John Grisham forever poisoned it for me. I’m a mother to two teenagers. I was a teenager myself once and I’ve seen my fair share of people exposing themselves to me, trying to grope me, following me on the street and generally feeling completely cool with that. John Grisham seems to believe that his friend’s 3 year long sentence is too harsh, because he is a white, educated, mature male and all around good guy. I can’t even express how wrong this is.
Comments are locked not because of anybody saying something bad, but because I have to work and this issue is way too rant-inducing for me, so I’m afraid I will just lather up spit and growl in agreement with the comments instead of making words.