Victiming the blame

Thirty years ago Roman Polanski was a 43-year-old movie director in Hollywood. He drugged and then raped – vaginally and rectally – a 13-year-old girl. He plea bargained into lesser charges, but fled the country before he could be sentenced. In a 1979 interview, Mr. Polanski defended himself thusly

“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!”

Not so much, thanks. I’d rather see Mr. Polanski f__ed. And maybe he finally will be. He has just been arrested in Switzerland, and is now awaiting extradition to the United States.

His arrest at a film festival, where free speech is greatly admired as long as it does not involve cartoons of Mohammed, praise of capitalism or speculation that George Bush was not the progeny of a Mengele experiment involving Hitler and a chimpanzee, has upset well over 100 Hollywood “movers and shakers.” We know this because they have signed a petition protesting his arrest.

Among these tinseltown ethicists are Woody Allen, who married his own adopted daughter, the quintuply married director Martin Scorsese, and producer Harvey Weinstein, described by LA Weekly as “one of the most successful yet psycho movie producers of modern times.”

More surprising perhaps, are the feminist women rallying to support Polanski’s patriarchal right not to be inconvenienced by the criminal sexual exploitation of a minor who, by the way, possessed two X chromosomes.

Debra Winger complains “the whole art world suffers” in such arrests. Millionaire film maker, unrestricted abortion advocate, and founder of the Feminist Majority Foundation, Peg Yorkin, says,

“My personal thoughts are let the guy go. It’s bad a person was raped. But that was so many years ago. The guy has been through so much in his life. It’s crazy to arrest him now. Let it go. The government could spend its money on other things.”

“It’s bad a person was raped.” Indeed. And even worse than person, Polanski’s victim was a 13-year-old female who is apparently ineligible to be a member, or a concern, of the Feminist Majority Foundation – insofar as she didn’t need any government funds for an abortion.

Then there is Whoopi Goldberg, who explained that Polanski hadn’t really committed the crime he was charged with. The LA Police and the most of the rest of us have been calling it rape all these years, but Goldberg apparently knows it as “rape-rape.” Real rape, I guess she means. Mere rape is nothing that justifies arresting him while he’s attending a sacred film festival.

“Whoopi Goldberg has said that Roman Polanski was not guilty of “rape-rape” following his arrest in Switzerland over his conviction for unlawful sex with a minor.In 1977, Polanski was charged with rape by use of drugs, perversion, sodomy, lewd and lascivious act upon a child under 14 and furnishing a controlled substance to a minor.

These charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain that saw the director admit to the lesser charge of unlawful sex with a minor, while he later fled the US on the eve of sentencing.

Of Polanski’s crime, Goldberg told The View: “I know it wasn’t rape-rape. It was something else but I don’t believe it was rape-rape.

“He went to jail and when they let him out he was like, ‘You know what, this guy’s going to give me a hundred years in jail. I’m not staying’. So that’s why he left.”

She added: “We’re a different kind of society, we see things differently. Would I want my 14-year-old having sex with somebody? Not necessarily, no.””

[H]aving sex?” “Not necessarily?” “Different kind of society?”

Whoopi, you provoke this question; “Under what conditions is the rape, which you call having sex, of your 14-year-old child considered necessary?” I don’t need an answer, it just does prove you live in some different place.

It sounds like these moguls and celebs are taking their direction from ACORN, an organization that considers 13-year-olds “assets” on the “sex-slave” balance-sheet.

If you acknowledge the fact that by watching the movies made by this cadre you are financing a moral cesspool, then you are culpable if you do not boycott everything they touch.

They are entitled to express their opinions, and the rest of us are entitled to react. So while we’re mocking celebrities, here’s a mocking critique of another aspect of Hollywood’s moral preening. Same group of people, similar message: “We are advanced thinkers and your moral superiors. So we made this commercial.”