Concerning Roman Polanski, Child Rapist

Hollywood, in general though not in total, seems to be rallying to the defense of Roman Polanski, admitted child-rapist. This includes the likes of Harvey Weinstein, Whoopie Goldberg, and Peter Fonda, to name a few.

Whoopie, for example, says it wasn’t “rape-rape.” Apparently, there’s rape, and then there’s rape, and a 43-year-old man drugging, then anally penetrating a 13-year-old girl isn’t rape, it’s just ‘rape’, and heck, if we’re going to start sending people to jail for that, where will it stop?

Mr. Fonda points out that Polanski didn’t kill anyone. Osama bin Laden is a murderer, Fonda’s argument goes, and we haven’t done anything to him yet, so why are we picking on poor Mr. Polanski? I assume by this argument no one should go to prison for anything until bin Laden is captured and convicted. We all have carte blanche!

Film critic Patrick Goldstein questioned the fact that Los Angeles County would spend money on an oversees extradition during a budget crisis. It’s only common sense that we should pursue child rapists only when we’re flush with cash. I mean, you have to have your priorities straight, right?

Anne Applebaum with the Washington Post points out that the victim no longer wants Polanski prosecuted, preferring to get on with her life. Trying and convicting the admitted rapist of a little girl, she says, “does not serve society in general or his victim in particular.” She says, “If he weren’t famous, I bet no one would bother with him at all.” Because non-famous pedophiles are never extradited from other countries, right?

Many of the articles published on the story, in fact, make a point of the fact that the victim no longer wants Polanski prosecuted, citing the fact that she received an “undisclosed settlement” from Polanski. By all means, if you have enough money to pay off the victim afterwards, you should of course be allowed to rape little children without legal repercussions.

The Swiss Directors Association said that the arrest was “not only a grotesque farce of justice, but also an immense cultural scandal.” Obviously, arresting this great director is much more of a scandal than the rape of a child.

France’s cultural minister thinks that Polanski has been “thrown to the lions because of ancient history”. Who knew that thirty years ago was ancient history? Now that makes me feel really old.

Polish Defense Minister Radek Sikorski says he will make an appeal in Polanski’s defense.

Here are my thoughts.

I don’t care that he’s a “great director.”
I don’t care that it was thirty years ago, as if sodomizing a child at the age of 43 is a “youthful indiscretion.”
I don’t care that the victim would rather leave it behind, as many victims do.
I don’t care how much it costs to fly him back to the U.S.
I don’t care that it was the 70’s and things were “just crazy back then”.
I don’t care that he has not been caught raping other little girls since he fled the U.S. to avoid prosecution.
I don’t care about the supposed injustice that he is going to be prosecuted while murderers like bin Laden are still free.
I don’t care how famous he is.
I don’t care how rich he is.
I don’t care how loved he is by his fans.
I don’t care.
I don’t care.
I don’t care.

Rape is rape is rape is rape.

I am glad that he was arrested.
I’m glad he’s being extradited.
I’ll be glad when he’s tried.
I will be glad when he’s convicted.
I will be glad when he goes to prison.

The next time conservatives rail against the Hollywood liberal elitists, I will have to agree with them. The fact that in 2009, there is even a debate about whether an admitted child-rapist should be given a pass because he’s famous is absurd, depressing, and infuriating.

I personally will not be watching any movies or TV shows, listening to songs, or reading books by any artist of any medium that defends this child-rapist because he’s “such a nice guy” and a “great filmmaker”. If entertainers think they are better than the rest of us and are above the law, it is because we have given them that impression. Maybe it’s time to remind them that they live in their exalted position only because we put them there, and we can remove them any time we want.

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