John Grisham said something, and people are furious.
You know John Grisham. He writes novels about ethically challenged lawyers who eventually do the right thing, slimeballs with a heart of gold. They sell millions of copies and, very often, get made into movies. They are generally big, blockbuster movies whose titles start with “The”: The Firm, The Client, The Pelican Brief, and many more.
Here’s what he said:”We have prisons now filled with guys my age, 60-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. They haven’t hurt anybody, ok? They deserve some type of punishment, whatever. But ten years in prison?”
He went on to tell the story of a friend of his who got popped and sentenced to 3 years. I’m sure that, to some extent, Grisham is probably guilty of listening to his friend’s side of the case more than the court’s verdict. That’s natural.
People on facebook, of course, are up in arms. I’ve seen such comments as ‘he should have his dick shot off with a shotgun’ and ‘he’s just as bad as any rapist,’ as well as one I saw calling for people to burn all their John Grisham books.
I remember that happening to The Beatles after John Lennon said they were more popular than Jesus Christ (which may well have been true). They survived the controversy and their music still sells well.
John Grisham will survive, as well.