John Grisham chose a somewhat odd cause to get behind this week.
In an interview with The Telegraph, the best-selling author brought up the topic of child pornography purveyors and said the following:
“We have prisons now filled with guys my age… who’ve never harmed anybody, would never touch a child, but they got online one night, started surfing around, probably had too much to drink or whatever, pushed the wrong buttons, went too far, and got into child porn.”
Amidst an understandable uproar once the remarks went viral, Grisham then issued an apology and an explanation.
“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,” Grisham said.
“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.”
But Rosie O’Donnell wasn’t satisfied with this mea culpa during the opening segment of The View today.
“I accept your apology but I don’t believe in your [expletive] bull crap thing that you said before,” O’Donnell said. “Nobody accidentally stumbles onto child pornography.”
O’Donnell then alleged that Grisham must only know what he’s talking about from experience.
“If I were the police, I’d look at John Grisham‘s hard drive right now,” she said.
And, at that, co-panelist Whoopi Goldberg took the show to a commercial break.
What do you think of Grisham’s original comments and O’Donnell’s response? Did she cross a line in practically calling John Grisham a child porn lover?
Or did Grisham deserve it for having defended these purveyors in the first place?