Absolutely Twisted

Kate Harding, writing at Salon:

Roman Polanski raped a child. Let’s just start right there, because that’s the detail that tends to get neglected when we start discussing whether it was fair for the bail-jumping director to be arrested at age 76, after 32 years in “exile” (which in this case means owning multiple homes in Europe, continuing to work as a director, marrying and fathering two children, even winning an Oscar, but never — poor baby — being able to return to the U.S.). Let’s keep in mind that Roman Polanski gave a 13-year-old girl a Quaalude and champagne, then raped her, before we start discussing whether the victim looked older than her 13 years, or that she now says she’d rather not see him prosecuted because she can’t stand the media attention. Before we discuss how awesome his movies are or what the now-deceased judge did wrong at his trial, let’s take a moment to recall that according to the victim’s grand jury testimony, Roman Polanski instructed her to get into a jacuzzi naked, refused to take her home when she begged to go, began kissing her even though she said no and asked him to stop; performed cunnilingus on her as she said no and asked him to stop; put his penis in her vagina as she said no and asked him to stop; asked if he could penetrate her anally, to which she replied, “No,” then went ahead and did it anyway, until he had an orgasm…

…But none of that changes the basic, undisputed fact: Roman Polanski raped a child. And rushing past that point to focus on the reasons why we should forgive him, pity him, respect him, admire him, support him, whatever, is absolutely twisted.

It’s sickening to see the people defending Polanski at this point. The man – whether or not he is a great artist – raped a child. Regardless of the personal tragedies in his life, he drugged and raped a 13-year old girl.

This should not even be a topic of discussion, much less one of defending him. Too many in Hollywood, Europe and on the American left are doing the latter. It shows the disconnect between those elements and the majority of America.

Do go read the whole article. Harding is spot on as to why the defense of this is so grotesque.

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3 Responses to Absolutely Twisted

  1. Picric says:

    Hits the nail on the head.

  2. John says:

    Check out some of those comments. Unreal.

  3. martian says:

    This is another case of that typical, liberal double standard. And don’t tell me that politics have nothing to do with it. Think about it, who are the people defending Polanski and advocating letting him off? Anne Huffington? The French press? Joan Shore? A bunch of Hollywood insiders? Is there one single person defending this man who isn’t a liberal? And why is it okay for him to have done this? BECAUSE HE IS ONE OF THEM. He is being excused for the same reason that William Jefferson Clinton was excused for having to have a ‘Bimbo Squad’ during his first presidential election to fend off the victims of his sexually predatory behavior, for his perjury (yes, liberals that IS a crime even if it was “just about sex”) in a court of law, for his preying on a young intern right in the White House. Polanski is being excused just like Sen. Edward ‘Ted’ Kennedy who murdered his pregnant mistress. All of these people are excused from their commission of very serious crimes because they’re liberals, because to their liberal appologists, they are ‘one of us’, they are influential or rich or powerful or talented highly visible liberals. It’s as simple as that.

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