September 29, 2009, - 5:45 pm
I really didn’t want to post about Roman Polanski (other than many readers have asked me to) because I have little to add to the obvious facts: he drugged a thirteen-year-old girl (three decades his junior), and he had sex with her.
Rapist / Child Molester
It’s pretty simple: that’s rape. That’s not rocket science or brain surgery. Although, to some of Polanski’s many clueless defenders it might be rocket surgery.
The indignance over America’s desire to bring him to justice is ridiculous. It really makes no difference how long ago it happened or whether or not the victim forgives him. You could say that about a gazillion domestic violence cases and teacher-teen student sex cases. And I never hear anyone come up with such excuses in those cases (except their defense attorneys who are rarely successful). It makes no difference that Polanski made the terrific film, “The Pianist.” I love that movie, but he’s a criminal, a rapist, and a child molester. And he must pay. Also irrelevant: that his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, was murdered by followers of Charles Manson. That’s tragic. But it doesn’t allow him a free pass on raping a young girl.
I didn’t have time to post this before the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur, but just before the holiday started, I watched this NBC News report, below, and found it interesting that Newsweek film critic David Ansen defended Polanski and referred to his arrest as a “vendetta.” Sorry, but it ain’t a vendetta. It’s justice. I couldn’t determine if Ansen has kids (I suspect for the obvious reasons that he does not). But if he had a son or daughter who was drugged and raped when he/she was thirteen by a 40-something-year-old man, I doubt he’d be calling Polanski’s arrest after decades of being a fugitive, a “vendetta.”
The same goes for Debra Winger and Whoopi Goldberg, both of whom also defended Polanski. Well, maybe Whoopi would defend the rape of her daughter or granddaughter. You never know with that nutjob, a very sexually loose former straight person. Also, disgusting was that not once did the NBC report mention that the victim was given alcohol and drugged. That’s material here to how heinous the crime was, not just the woman’s age.
Tags: Charles Manson, child molester, David Ansen, Debra Winger, fugitive, NBC News, Newsweek, rape, Roman Polanski, Sharon Tate, Switzerland, The Pianist, warrant, Whoopi Goldberg