When you don’t think before you speak you end up saying something you’ll regret. For former attorney and best-selling author John Grisham, master of the legal potboiler, his regretful remarks came in defense of a law school friend who got caught up in a sting operation when he was busted for viewing child pornography.
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”.
“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.”
“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.”
“I have no sympathy for real paedophiles. 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,”
There’s so much wrong with Grisham’s faulty reasoning it’s reasonable to wonder if he’s been drinking too much.
Does it matter the 16-year-old wannabee hookers Grisham’s BFF trolled the Internet for turned out to be 30-year-olds-posing as 16-year-olds? Even if the results weren’t what Mr. Pants Down Around the Ankles was hoping for, his intent is clear. Grisham sounds like the attorney he was trying to make excuses for a guilty as hell client.
All aboard The Rationalization Express!
Making child porn makes children the victim. Watching child porn is getting your rocks off to victimized children. Those who demand kiddie porn are as scummy as those who supply it and Grisham making alibis for these maggots who spank one out to a sexually exploited child makes him no better than them.
In adult pornography, no matter how demeaning, degrading or disgusting it may be, it is typically made with the advised content of the participants. A woman in a 10-man-gangbang may not know how nasty things are going to get, but she chose to put herself in that situation of her own free will.
I don’t know how to “accidentally” look for child pornography. There is certainly a lot of dark stuff you can inadvertently and unintentionally stumble upon on the Internet, but kiddie porn isn’t one of them. You gotta be looking for it.
Seek and ye shall find. Just don’t claim the innocent when your hard drive starts filling up.
Do I need to explain why it is impossible for children and infants to say the same? All pornography is not created equally and yes, there are places even porn should not be allowed to go. I have no sympathy for pedophiles and if they think their punishment is too harsh and I’m cruel, judgmental and intolerant toward them, they’re absolutely right.
On his website, Grisham issued a standard ass-covering “apology.”
“Anyone who harms a child for profit or pleasure, or who in any way participates in child pornography — online or otherwise — should be punished to the fullest extent of the law. My comments made two days ago during an interview with the British newspaper The Telegraph were in no way intended to show sympathy for those convicted of sex crimes, especially the sexual molestation of children. I can think of nothing more despicable. I regret having made these comments, and apologize to all.”
Elitists like Gresham trivialize child pornography with his bleeding heart sympathizing with the guys who enjoy this trash and ignoring the real victims, the children. Or at least until his foot in mouth begins to reach down to his wallet then he beats a hasty, and cowardly retreat.
Grisham is an apologist for these deviants and that is disgusting as they are. There is no rationalization and no justification for viewing and enjoying a child being violated. NONE.
It must be a tremendous comfort for the 60-year-old White men who get plastered one night, fire up the laptop, and go one-hand cruising for kiddie porn to know they have somebody like John Grisham looking out for them.
But who’s looking out for the kids? Not Grisham who’s just another rich elitist snob who thinks it’s a travesty that his buddies get busted for enjoying moppets being molested. I consider Grisham’s shoulder shrugging defense of his friend to be nothing more than pedophilia apologia. Finding kiddie porn is not a matter of plugging the phrase into a Google search.
It’s one thing to be unlucky enough to stumble onto a dark corner of the web and another entirely when you’re already a member of the club and know all the lingo, slang, and secret passwords. I suspect this is the reason Grisham’s amigo got a three-year jolt instead of a judge buying his bullshit story.
I already thought Grisham was a lousy writer. Now I know he’s a sleaze too.