Posted by: Bill | September 30, 2009

This Roman Polanski affair has me confused

I know that Hollywood is supposed to be all depraved and insulated from real life, etc., etc. Clearly, I am once again proving my naivete. Dozens and dozens are signing a petition defending him including Woody Allen (actually not a surprise), Martin Scorsese, Bernard Henri-Levy, Steven Soderburgh, and Natalie Portman (this is especially disappointing).

If I am reading the history correctly, this man drugged and raped a 13 year old girl. He didn’t just get her drunk and she consented. She said no repeatedly after being drugged. He admitted it and said the following in 1979:

If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… f—ing, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!

How is it I even had to read so many condemnations of this defense? I am confused as to how one really tries to defend his behavior and the fact that the world wants him to face his crime. We have a very short memory. This is how Marion Barry still holds office in DC. At least he went to prison. Polanski has houses in France, Poland, Switzerland and who knows how many other places. Flabbergasted….

On a lighter note, I’m happy to see Jewel was quoted in this post as well (via Twitter). At least she has not gone Natalie Portman on us.

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