Tone Policing, 50 Shades of Grey, and Donald Trump.


I need to say something about this meme because it’s a load of bullshit, and it’s the perfect time to address “tone policing,” as I said I would on a few previous posts. First let me say, I despise 50 Shades of Grey. It’s a literary nightmare. I certainly don’t support Hilary or Trump. They are both ridiculous, much like this ignorant comparison of a book and the vulgar words of Donald Trump.

I spend about 50% of my day, most days, reading and responding to books and articles I read online or on my kindle, so as a writer and avid reader of a variety of literary works, this meme pisses me off. If I were to read an article or book, only focusing on the choice of tone that the author chose, I would miss some of the key information that I need in order to write a legitimate and accurate review, or comment. I’ve personally written a few blog entries that I intentionally chose aggressive, profane tones for, in order to make my point. When you choose to get offended over tone or choice of words, you miss the point that an author maybe trying to get across; you miss the underlying message behind the words.

This is true for Donald Trump’s choice of vulgar words too. If you look passed his word choice, his message is pretty clear and you still can’t justify the way he views or talks about women. Women aren’t outraged at “naughty words.” Sensitive, easily offended people are outraged at “naughty words.” People who tone police, who can’t look passed words to get to the underlying message behind them, are outraged at “naughty words.” Women are outraged because he’s a dick, who has no respect for women at all, which he has proven time and time again on his own. Regardless of his view of women and the role they play in society, comparing Trump’s words to 50 Shades of Grey, or any book for that matter is ignorant.

I wonder how many people who would agree with this meme are avid readers of a variety of genres, with a variety of “tones.” I wonder how many of them actually read this book before criticizing it? LOL…that’s what I thought. Like it or not, your opinion of a book is pretty irrelevant if you don’t even read the damn thing. You didn’t read it because you don’t like the topic or don’t like the tone, which is perfectly fine–that’s your choice, but don’t sit there and act like you have the right to give it a legitimate review or criticize it as a work of literature if you didn’t bother to read it. That being said, 50 Shades of Grey is a terrible book, and not for–or just for–it’s tone or word choice. I can say this because I actually read it, like the good little book reviewer that I am.

This meme is reaching. If we are going to use one book that causes some backlash in a comparison like this, then we have to use ALL of them, which is ludicrous. Go ahead, I’ll wait while you go re-read some of the classics and totally miss their vulgarity and tone that can be similarly compared to 50 Shades. I don’t see you flipping your shit over those books…

Reading a certain book doesn’t make you a hypocrite if you decide to disagree with Trump’s attitude toward women. The two are completely unrelated. If you’re seriously ignorant enough to agree with this meme, I hope you are as nit-picky with everything you read and watch on tv, lest YOU be a hypocrite.