Bestselling YA author John Green has taken to social media this week to address two delicate issues.
On Thursday, The Fault in Our Stars scribe shared a lengthy post on Tumblr responding to online chatter suggesting he aimed his work at girls as a way to lure them to him.
“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,” he said in response to online allegations.
In a post that was circulated on social media, an anonymous poster declared the best-selling author is a “creep who panders to teenage girls so that he can amass some weird cult-like following.”
“It’s always girls who feel misunderstood, you know, and he goes out of his way to make them feel important and desirable,” the anonymous poster continued.
After bluntly denying the allegations, Green, who has a strong online presence, announced he will use his Tumblr blog differently moving forward.
“I think at this point it’s impossible to continue to use tumblr in the way I’ve used it since 2011. My life is different (in ways that are both good and bad); this community is different (in ways that are both good and bad); the world is different (in ways that are both good and bad),” he wrote.
“I’m not angry or anything like that. I just need some distance for my well-being,” he added.
Later, he made an edit to address people who were sending hate message to the people attacking him, writing: “To be clear, sending hate to people who say this stuff is counter-productive and only continues the outrage cycle, so please don’t abuse anyone. Thanks.”
Perhaps with that in mind, Green took to his Twitter account one day later and responded to a fan who took issue with the inclusion of the word “retarded” in his book Paper Towns – whose film adaptation will be released next month – and vowed not to use it again.
“Yeah, I regret it. At the time, I thought an author’s responsibility was to reflect language as I found it, but now … eight years later, I don’t feel like a book about humanizing the other benefited from dehumanizing language,” he said Friday in a two-part Tweet.
“It’s not in the movie, and I won’t use the word again in a book or elsewhere.” he added.