Y’know, I really don’t know why I am so upset about Roman Polanski. I mean, he’s the director of such notable films as Rosemary’s Baby, Chinatown, and The Pianist. When one is a “respected” artist, shouldn’t we allow for certain…shall we say…”proclivities” that maybe aren’t what the average schmo should get away with? After all…he’s a movie director!
What’s the big deal about telling a very pretty little 13 year old girl that he could make her a star – i.e., a model for the French Edition of Vogue magazine? How narrow-minded can you be to imagine that taking pictures of the naked 13 year old girl in a hot tub, plying her with glass after glass of champagne and popping her a few Quaaludes (ostensibly, he said, to cure her asthma), and then showing her what a real man can do without Viagra is a problem? And what’s wrong with the fact that he cautioned her to never tell her mother about their “little secret?” It just makes the whole scenario more…intimate.
Go figure…the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office filed charges against Roman Polanski for this “innocuous” behavior – gee, it must have been a slow legal day. After pleading guilty to having sex with a 13 year old child, working out a plea bargain, and then paying off the girl’s family, Roman Polanski fled the United States in 1977. The American authorities (just stubborn, I guess) issued an international search request in 2005. Swiss authorities arrested him Saturday at the Zurich airport.
How terribly inconvenient for the film world. Polanski had traveled to Switzerland to collect a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Zurich Film Festival, and by going to Switzerland, he finally got arrested for his “lifetime guilt.” Actress Debra Winger, President of the film festival’s jury, was terribly upset, poor thing: “The festival has been unfairly exploited to secure Polanski’s arrest over a case that is all but dead. Despite the philistine nature of the collusion that has now occurred, we came to honor Roman Polanski as a great artist. We hope today this latest order will be dropped; it is based on a three decade old case that is all but dead except for a minor technicality.”
There are so many people around the world who were equally as astonished as I was that such an important film director should be treated so disrespectfully. Jack Lang, a former French culture minister said, “While Mr. Polanski had committed a ‘grave crime,’ he is a great creator and artist, and there’s a sentiment here that pursuing someone for a crime committed 30 years ago…is unreasonable…a kind of judicial lynching.” I’m not sure what Mr. Lang’s notion of what consequences a “great creator and artist” should have had, had he not eluded sentencing three decades ago. And it certainly isn’t the fault of the American judicial system that a country such as France would give him sanctuary.
Apparently, 100 or so entertainment industry professionals created a petition for Mr. Polanski’s release, saying “Filmmakers in France, in Europe, in the United States and around the world are dismayed by this decision.” It seems inadmissible to them that an international cultural event, paying homage to one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers, is used by the police to apprehend him.
After all, with all the stress of hiding in France to avoid criminal punishment for what is ultimately the drugging and raping of a little girl, he still managed to get the Best Director Oscar in 2003 for “The Pianist.” In spite of the clarity of his “wrongdoings,” the Zurich festival director is experiencing “great consternation and shock,” adding, “We are unable to judge the legal background surrounding the arrest.”
Let’s go through this again: the man drugged and raped a child. The man drugged and raped a child, and then fled the United States to avoid jail time. The man drugged and raped a child, and the fled the United States to avoid jail time, and has been for 30 years treated like the patron saint for the arts by a world that is growing more and more morally corrupt by the moment.
There is hardly a more sympathetic creature on the face of the earth than Roman Polanski. He was born in Paris, moved to Poland with his Jewish family when still a toddler (shortly before World War II). His mother died in a Nazi concentration camp, but Polanski avoided capture and spent his youth in Poland before moving to the United States. His wife, Sharon Tate, was 8 months’ pregnant with their child when she was brutally murdered by the Manson family. When you look at his ability to make movies, after these grossly horrendous experiences, it seems logical that you should forgive a little drugging and a little raping of a young girl. NOT.
In my opinion, all those who have participated in any way in the making or distributing of Polanski’s movies for the last 30 years should be considered accessories after the fact, and part of a conspiracy to protect a child rapist. Polanski’s movies should be boycotted by every decent American, as well as the movies of those who acted in or contributed to any of Polanski’s movies in the last 30 years.
The man is an animal and a coward. He’s an animal because of what he did to a child; he’s a coward because he didn’t take his punishment like a man with character.
I am thoroughly disgusted by the world’s film community for supporting him just because he makes good movies. I understand that Hitler was a good painter…Maybe we shouldn’t have closed in on and bombed his bunker because good painters are a treasure.
There’s word that both the Polish and French governments are going to try to get Obama to “pardon” him. I can’t believe Obama would agree to such a request while looking into the eyes of his two little girls. Can you?
Amoral is the word of the day – it means no moral compass whatsoever. And that’s what we are seeing around the world in those who have come out to sympathize with and support Roman Polanski, child rapist. His heinous act and three decades of freedom avoiding an appropriate sentence don’t mean anything to amoral people. It’s all about the game of movies. God bless the Swiss arrest and the intent of the Los Angeles District Attorney’s office to bring him back to face justice.
Someone in Hollywood is already, I am sure, scripting up for the movie of Polanski’s life, and to be sure, he will be presented to the Vatican for consideration of sainthood, because he is big box office.