under the heading of forewarned is forearmed…I take the subject of sexual abuse of children extremely seriously. There are no circumstances under which it is acceptable or humorous.
Having artistic talent does not give anyone the right to drug and rape a thirteen year old child. Polanski raped a child. There is no question he did it. To this day, he admits it himself.
Just because French politicians, Swiss Cultural Councils, and various American actors and actresses have voted him Mr. Congeniality, does not erase the fact that Roman Polanski has violated a little girl.
Should every artist of considerable talent not be held to the same laws of the land and basic human decency? If he had only been nominated for an award, should he only have to serve half of his sentence?
Would it be okay with you if Michael Moore used beer and a roofie to forcibly sodomize a thirteen year old daughter, sister, niece in your family?
Should every surviving family member who had relatives slaughtered by the atrocity of the Holocaust be allowed to violate a young girl and not be punished?
Having a spouse and unborn child murdered is horrific. But should that give someone a free pass to forcibly sodomize someone else’s child?
If after pleading guilty, if a child rapist uses their resources to escape arrest for thirty years, should that conviction disappear?
Polanski gave a series of interviews in the late 1970’s. In one he claimed the reason his case had so much media appeal was,
“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!”
So basically because Polanski thinks everyone else wants to commit sexual child abuse, he should be allowed to.
A politician who has a consensual adult love affair outside of his marriage is battered incessantly, vilified in the media…but a film director should be allowed to sexually abuse a young girl?
Professional athletes go to prison for drug use and animal abuse. But a film director should not be punished for raping a child?
He ran to France, because he was afraid his crimes were subject to “heavy sentencing.” For thirty years he has thumbed his nose at the United States of America.
I understand he is sorry now. But that does not give his treatment of that girl to go without consequences and without legal punishment. It does not erase fleeing after conviction because he thought he’d have to go to prison.