Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Polanski Double Standard

At a certain point, "shut up and sing," or "shut up and act," or "direct," or "produce," will not cut it. Before we are anything else, we are citizens and human beings. And no matter what our profession, we not only have to follow common bonds of decency but the common laws of civility, not to mention the civil and criminal laws too. That's not a tall order.

Here's the CNN squib:

Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese have "demanded the immediate release" of fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was arrested in Switzerland on a U.S. arrest warrant related to a 1977 childsex charge.

They were among 138 people in the film industry who signed a petition against the arrest.

Polanski was on the way to the Zurich Film Festival when Swiss police detained him in response to the American warrant.

The filmmaker pleaded guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor but fled before he could be sentenced. He settled in France, where he holds citizenship. Investigators in the United States say Polanski, then 43, drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl.

Let me repeat this last part: He drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl. And he plead guilty — but then fled the country.

One entertainer got it right, the singer Jewel. Here's a Tweet she sent out yesterday: "Polanski admitted raping a 13 yr old-whys every1 in the arts upset hes facing jail? cause hes a gifted director? what am i missing?"

Let me say one last thing about this. Time passed is not the issue, and neither is accomplishment in the arts — justice and the message we send is precisely the issue. As Mark Steyn notes, what are we going to do, start an "Artists United for Pedophile Rapists" movement here?

When scandals turned up in the Catholic church, the elites — as everyone — were rightly shocked. It was a major, several year story. And the abuses investigated, detailed, and condemned went back to 1950, 27 years earlier than Polanski's crime. Priests and parishes and archdioceses were punished and sued and even bankrupted. There is a major double standard here — not because that is what is wrong, but because what Polanski did was wrong and too many want to dismiss it and move on — because he's in the favored class of the elite.

Are these artists and other Polanski defenders really saying a child can be drugged and raped, a 13-year-old child mind you, and the consequence is time, for simply time — never mind fleeing justice — will heal that? This is a horrible message, and the artistic industry, so callous to claims about lyrics encouraging this kind of trashy behavior in the past, better get it right when the behavior is real and when the message they send is one that most people — rightly — abhor. You want to know why Michael Medved titled his book Hollywood v. America? It wasn't because of this case, but it might just as well be now. Who defends child rape? Well, now you know who.


Linda September 30, 2009 at 3:58 PM  

This is a horrible man. I have a granddaughter who is almost 12, just one year younger than the girl (woman) who was raped. How horrible the crime.

If he does get away without any time served, in a prison, Americans should stand up and boycott his movies. They should boycott any actor and actress who star in them. I don't go to many movies, but there are people who do, and the bottom line speaks loud and clear.

Red September 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM  

Time may heal emotional scars to some extent but one thing I know Time does not do and that is erase events completely. Roman Polanski raped a child. That is an unchangeable fact. I hope they publish the list of 138 pro-pedo rapist a-rods so I can write each one a scathing shame on you and do my damnedest to help each and every one of them suffer financially in their chosen profession. Hollyweird reeks.

Red October 1, 2009 at 11:38 AM  

See list of weirdos and hat tip to you on my post ;-)

No Subject October 1, 2009 at 3:15 PM  

With moral relativism being promulgated in our schools and by the media, why would anyone be surprised that the amoral freaks in Hollywood would defend one of their own

Personally I think anyone who would commit such vile act should be permanently removed from human society.

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