This post comes with a warning of violent imagery ahead AND TRIGGER POTENTIAL.
Edited to add a link.
Anne Rice, like most people, enjoys sharing her opinions on various subjects. Mainly her focus is on the dread spectre of Censorship and its buddy, the Lynch Mob. This week’s focus? The ‘romance set during genocide’ between an enslaved Jewish Woman and the fucking piece of shit Nazi who is in charge of the concentration camp she’s imprisoned. Yeah. Conversion of a Jewish woman to Christianity with a magic Bible rounds out this tale of WTF.
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Before we address this topic, please, go watch this PBS documentary. Let it set the tone of what is to come on this lil rampage o’mine. MEMORY OF THE CAMPS [end edit]
Despite Ms. Rice’s vocal railings, criticism IS NOT censorship, for the Big Book (dictionary) tells me so.
I understand the author, Kate Breslin, is getting a lot of flak for her novel. But in her quest to write ‘inspirational’ literature, did she really think that having her Jewish protagonist convert to Christianity to be something Jewish People wouldn’t have noticed? What does it tell those of Jewish Ancestry that this romance pivots on the plot point of conversion in order to survive, as if they haven’t lived that tripe for centuries? It is disrespectful. A man in charge of thousands of lives (and a huge chunk of those died because the concentration camp cannot be compared to a resort, thus disease, starvation, and exposure take their toll) falls in love with a non-Jewish looking Jewish woman… I want to pound my head against a brick wall.
But once you slither past all the glam rock photos, the true nature of what a lynch mob becomes very apparent. And no, Kate Breslin is not being lynched. Want to see what a lynch mob does? Do you, Anne? I mean, I realize you were born in the South, and to a point, have white privilege of overlooking things that don’t apply to you (the trump card is to be a white male) and misappropriate words and their meanings.
Anne, this is CRITICISM, not a lynch mob or censorship.
Anne, dearest Anne… this is a lynch mob.
And this is a lynch mob.
So when you say that the Internet Lynch Mobs are coming, forgive me for coughing out “BULLSHIT” because no one [to the best of my knowledge] is pounding on Kate Breslin’s door, dragging her out by her hair, binding her to a post or tree or stringing her up then lighting her body on fire. No one is, and no one is advocating for that, and to use such loaded terms as “lynch mob” is incredibly disrespectful, not that you care. Personal attacks against the author aren’t okay, either, just to be clear. But calling out her blindness on a topic she researched and wrote about with a heavy Christian slant isn’t the same as pitchforks, torches, and a noose.
Anne, you’re fond of countering all nay-sayers with the Lolita argument [that a book about child-rape is acceptable to society] but here’s the thing: the only person who thought the ‘romance’ between Humbert and Lolita was romantic happened to be Mr. Humbert Humbert. Everyone else saw it for what it was, and in the end, Lolita wanted nothing to do with him. Context. It matters. One cannot compare the mental meanderings of an unreliable narrator and pedophile with the overt message that don’t look Jewish, don’t act Jewish, and maybe a powerful man will love you enough to help save a single trainload of people from the gas chamber.
Censorship implies a government backing. That’s not what is going on in relation to Kate Breslin. And with your statements, Anne, that people should ONLY comment on the work if they’ve read it, and that they need to do so in a manner YOU find acceptable… is that not a form of censorship, by your definition? That people are supposed to review/comment only in ways you’re comfortable with?
I appreciate the voices speaking out, it offers other perspectives. I appreciate the views people share, because how would I expand my understanding of the human condition if I discounted and ignored them out of hand? But to use terms like “lynch mob” shows an immense disconnect with history. Anne, do you realize Jewish people have been lynched, and now you’re trying to silence their voices so you can make the situation about your views… tell me, is that not the act of a lynch mob? Silence those who don’t comply… that’s what you’re trying to do.
And as a side note, Ms. Rice, you do realize that FTC regulations apply to people giving reviews to work done by those they know, right? Like, you literally have to disclose that you know the creator in your review of their work… which people you socialize with don’t do… where’s your ire for that, blatant disregard of set regulations? Or that one of your delightful pets is a known troll who’s gotten his ass kicked off writing platforms, let alone his penchant for hanging out with tweens (another Humbert Humbert on the prowl? I hope not!) and having them do his dirty work… have you no opinion on that? Curious minds want to know where you stand when you entertain dishonest people and hold them in high regard.
Actually, that right there tells us all what we already knew; you have no problem with dishonesty when it’s self-serving, and it’s easier to blast strangers for stating opinions about a work than to address the rats you hold in high esteem.
Congrats, Anne Rice. You have stopped being relevant because hypocrisy, yo.