The Fault In Our Stars And Paper Towns Author John Green Slams Pedophilia Claims: “I Do Not Sexually Abuse Children”
The Fault In Our Stars author John Green is slamming online comments that have accused him of engaging in pedophilia.
The beloved young adult author, whose book Paper Towns will have a film adaptation released next month, blasted the allegations on Tumblr, after a detractor claimed he’s a “creep who panders to teenage girls so that he can amass some weird cult-like following.” The person went on to write, “And it’s always girls who feel misunderstood, you know, and he goes out of his way to make them feel important and desirable. which is f*cking? weird? also he has a social media presence that is equivalent to that dad of a kid in your friend group who always volunteers to ]supervise’ the pool parties and scoots his lawn chair close to all the girls.”
After the comments were reposted with a request for Green to challenge the allegations, he responded, “You want me to defend myself against the implication that I sexually abuse children? Okay. I do not sexually abuse children.” The novelist continued, “Throwing that kind of accusation around is sick and libelous and most importantly damages the discourse around the actual sexual abuse of children. When you use accusations of pedophilia as a way of insulting people whose work you don’t like, you trivialize abuse.”
Green, who is well-known for being interactive with his fans, went on to use the situation as an example of the downsides of social justice and social media, and said he will no longer be engaging on his Tumblr blog in the same ways that he used to. “I’m not angry or anything like that. I just need some distance for my well-being,” he wrote.
Hours later, Green was defending himself again, but on a different topic and on Twitter. When asked about why he used the R-word in the Paper Towns book, where one character uses the term derogatorily in a conversation, he admitted that he “regrets” the word choice. “At the time, I thought an author’s responsibility was to reflect language as I found it,” he replied, “but now eight years later, I don’t feel like a book about humanizing the other benefited from dehumanizing language.”
Green further noted, “It’s not in the movie, and I won’t use the word again in a book or elsewhere.” Paper Towns, starring Cara Delevingne and The Fault in Our Stars actor Nat Wolff (pictured above with Green at the MTV Movie Awards in April), opens in theaters on July 24.