Name ‘em and shame ‘em: More than 100 filmmakers sign petition defending child rapist

posted at 8:16 pm on September 29, 2009 by Allahpundit

Most are European and unfamiliar, but among the people whose movies I’ll never watch again: Jonathan Demme, John Landis, Michael Mann, Martin Scorsese, and, bless his heart, Woody Allen, who I guess was forced to sign lest the press seize on the idea of a guy who married his almost-stepdaughter passing judgment on Polanski. Open question to any of these rape-defending turds: How far would you have let Polanski go before deciding that, hey, he probably should serve some time after all? What if he punched the kid in the face when he was raping her? Beat her with a tire iron? Seriously, how far?

Lest you think that this is about anything other than some perverse droit de seigneur for talented artists, here’s how the petition phrases the signatories’ deep moral objection to arresting this guy:

By their extraterritorial nature, film festivals the world over have always permitted works to be shown and for filmmakers to present them freely and safely, even when certain States opposed this.

The arrest of Roman Polanski in a neutral country, where he assumed he could travel without hindrance, undermines this tradition: it opens the way for actions of which no one can know the effects.

Roman Polanski is a French citizen, a renown and international artist now facing extradition. This extradition, if it takes place, will be heavy in consequences and will take away his freedom.

They’re explicitly calling for film festivals to be treated as de facto international waters, above the laws of any sovereign land and beyond the reach of any cop, even if that cop is in the area looking for … a fugitive who raped a kid. And the beat goes on: Polish filmmakers are calling his arrest a “judicial lynching” and a separate petition organized by a French philosopher objects to this degenerate being pinched like, and I quote, “a common terrorist.” This entire story comes back to that word “common,” doesn’t it?

Even HuffPo’s commenters can’t believe there are people on the site defending Polanski. Keep punching yourself in the eye, Hollywood; the blacker and more bruised it is, the better. Exit fun fact: Which poor, persecuted, misunderstood genius once said this?

“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!”

Update: A Jesuit priest wonders, what if it were Father Polanski who’d raped a kid? “Entertainment, not religion, is the new opiate of the people and we don’t want our supply disturbed.”


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hawkdriver on September 29, 2009 at 9:40 PM

Hey hawk, how goes it?

HornetSting on September 29, 2009 at 9:44 PM

Wonder how many of the 100 signed the petition because they either have done something like what Polanski has done, or would like to do it? Not to mention all the rest of Hollyweird and the media who have come to his defence? Is it a sick desire to justify their own perversion?

How perverted, twisted and sick do you have to be to justify a 44 year old doing those things to a 13 year old girl?? Most 13 year olds have barely put away their dolls and stuffed animals.

theotherone on September 29, 2009 at 9:45 PM

Wow Woody Allen, that’s gotta be an Ace the Hole for Polanski! (Sarcasm)

Its too bad Polanski wasn’t a Catholic Priest he would have faced justice for sure.

Thank God there is no double standard in Hollywood!? (sarcasm)

Now all we need is a big Hollywood picture extolling the anguish Polanski has been carry all these years and how his life has been spent over coming this hardship.

Harvey Keitel could play Polanski, what ya think?

Irenaeus on September 29, 2009 at 9:46 PM

hawkdriver on September 29, 2009 at 9:40 PM

I’ve been worn out by the pro-pedophiles for two days hawk, they are either apathetic or approving. As the father of two daughters there is no excuse for some of the comments that have been posted here. Those who have made comments that either deserve a punch in the face and others just need to be made to disappear.

thomasaur on September 29, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Most of the signers are typical entertainment people. Folks like Woody Allen, Terry Gilliam, and Martin Scorsese are entertainers, not deep political thinkers. Their decision to support a low-life child molester like Roman Polanski doesn’t surprise me at all.

The name which does shock and sadden me is Claude Lanzmann. Lanzmann’s nine hour movie oral history of the Holocaust, “Showa,” is something with considerably more social value than any of the work by the more recognizable film industry names like Scorsese. “Showa” is harrowing, an intense, chilling look deep into Man’s inhumanity to Man, told without period photos of murder and wholesale slaughter. That a man who could understand the evil of the Holocaust cannot comprehend the evil or raping a 13 year old is heart wrenching.

Orson Buggeigh on September 29, 2009 at 9:47 PM

Liberals protect child rapists. Whether it’s Michael Jackson, or ACORN, or Polanski – same-o

HondaV65 on September 29, 2009 at 9:11 PM
—-
I wasn’t aware that the list of morons also included their political affiliation.
You must be psychic. Or an idiot.

Dave Rywall on September 29, 2009 at 9:13 PM

Dave, Is Liberal a political affiliation? Did you use your psychic ability to read HondaV65′s mind and know he meant Democrats?
mmmmmmmm mmmm mmmmmmm

IowaWoman on September 29, 2009 at 9:48 PM

This is from my blog
http://truthandcommonsense.com/2009/09/29/roman-polanski-arrested-after-thirty-years-of-running-in-place/

If Applebaum and other think that there is a time/age/distance formula that when run gives a solution that demands forgiveness, then I ask a simple question: If Manson would have made it out of the country, fled to France and spent the next thirty years living well and traveling Europe with fame and respect, would Polanski and Applebaum forgive him and invite him back into the U.S.?

Just saying.

archer52 on September 29, 2009 at 9:49 PM

When the people who signed the petition allow Polanski to frak them and their family members up the pooper while they are sedated, then we might take their views seriously.

ray on September 29, 2009 at 9:53 PM

Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls

That’s pretty insane. It sounds like he feels entitled to act on his desires and that he is victimized by hypocritical people who also want to rape young girls.

Do we know the results of that long mental evaluation he went through prior to sentencing? He may have had good reason to believe that the evaluation would require that he not be released back into society.

Buddahpundit on September 29, 2009 at 9:57 PM

When the people who signed the petition allow Polanski to frak them and their family members up the pooper while they are sedated, then we might take their views seriously.

ray on September 29, 2009 at 9:53 PM

I’d be willing to bet that a number of the signees would do it without sedation.

thomasaur on September 29, 2009 at 9:58 PM

Dave Rywall on September 29, 2009 at 9:13 PM

How old is your moose, drywall?

HornetSting on September 29, 2009 at 10:00 PM

What bugs me the most is why most sane people would expect anything different out of Hollywood over raping a 13 year old girl. I for one expected this kind of response.

Dire Straits on September 29, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Kudos to the blogger who shall remain faceless. Nice post, AP.

hillbillyjim on September 29, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Waiting for Sarah Palin to “go rogue” on this topic on Facebook.

It’s a hanging curveball, waist-high, middle of the plate.

willamettevalley on September 29, 2009 at 9:41 PM

This is so off topic. Sarah Palin seems to be your topic.
Are you getting paid to dis’ Palin? I can not think of another reason to post what you did. Troll

IowaWoman on September 29, 2009 at 10:04 PM

Dave Rywall on September 29, 2009 at 9:13 PM

He must have hit a nerve.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 10:09 PM

My Thoughts on Roman Polinski can get me banned.

FontanaConservative on September 29, 2009 at 10:10 PM

And Hollywood too.

FontanaConservative on September 29, 2009 at 10:11 PM

http://www.catholicleague.org/release.php?id=1681

MAD RUSH TO DEFEND POLANSKI

September 29, 2009

Catholic League president Bill Donohue comments on the mad rush to defend Roman Polanski:

The Catholic League has long suspected that, in many quarters, the outrage over priestly sexual abuse has had more to do with the status of the accused than the crime itself. Now the evidence is indisputable: a child can be drugged, penetrated and sodomized—and the guilty can cut and run—and still maintain hero status. Provided he is a celebrity.

Actress Debra Winger showed up at the Zurich Film Festival “to honor Roman Polanski as a great artist, but under these sudden and arcane circumstances, we can only think of him today as a human being.” Either that or as a child rapist. She was not alone: the Zurich Film Festival jury proudly displayed red badges reading “Free Polanski.” It was also nice to know that Woody Allen, a man who speaks from experience, came to Polanski’s defense.

Whoopi Goldberg showed off her usual brilliance when she declared that Polanski’s crime “wasn’t rape-rape.” No, only priests are guilty of real rape. Noted photographer Otto Weisser agrees: “He made a little mistake 32 years ago.” That’s right—it’s only a big mistake when priests do it. Richard Cohen of the Washington Post also notes that it’s been “over 30 years” since Polanski molested the girl. Similarly, movie critic Tom O’Neil exclaims that it is “mind-boggling why they’re still pursuing this.” Yet there is no statute of limitations afforded priests—men long dead have been accused of crimes extending back to the 1920s.

Harvey Weinstein is so noble: “We’re calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation.” The terrible situation, of course, isn’t what Polanski got away with—it’s his pursuit by the authorities. “To put him on trial or keep him in jail does not serve society in general or his victim in particular,” says journalist Anne Applebaum. She, and others, would carry more weight if the “he” included priests.

No wonder so many Americans look upon the celebrity worshippers with utter disdain. Double that for Catholics.

jeridhill on September 29, 2009 at 10:13 PM

Dire Straits on September 29, 2009 at 10:01 PM

Life imitating art or vice versa.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 10:16 PM

In light of Polanski’s “If I had killed someone…” quote, it’s industrial-strength ironic that John Landis would sign this petition because HE DID KILL SOMEBODY!

L.N. Smithee on September 29, 2009 at 10:16 PM

What bugs me the most is why most sane people would expect anything different out of Hollywood over raping a 13 year old girl. I for one expected this kind of response.

Dire Straits on September 29, 2009 at 10:01 PM

I didn’t expect so much passionate pro-rape activism. I’ve ended friendships for less. And in defense of those ex-friends, much much less.

exception on September 29, 2009 at 10:18 PM

Give Polanski the “Michael Jackson Award” for molesting a child. Maybe they should turn Polanski loose so that he can look for the muderer of Nicole Brown Simpson, since OJ had no luck.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Don’t forget Michael Medved also lost his friggin mind.

Blake on September 29, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I’m sure they would all be alright w/the Swiss arresting GWB or Cheney though, right?

JAM on September 29, 2009 at 10:26 PM

“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!”

Even assuming that Polanski is absolutely right (which I sincerely doubt), there is quite a difference between wanting and doing.

If my position above wasn’t the case, I’d be in prison now for what I think about doing but don’t do every time someone cuts me off on the highway.

unclesmrgol on September 29, 2009 at 10:31 PM

Some of you movie buffs help me out. Wasn’t Dakota Fanning going to do a rape scene in a flick called “Hound Dog” not too long ago?

PS. Sorry I didn’t Google it.

Dire Straits on September 29, 2009 at 10:31 PM

I’m sure they would all be alright w/the Swiss arresting GWB or Cheney though, right?

JAM on September 29, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Spain has first dibs on them.

Johan Klaus on September 29, 2009 at 10:32 PM

From IMDB, Harrison Ford is a friend and an enabler.
Received his first best director Oscar for the movie The Pianist (2002) five months after the awards ceremony. His friend, Harrison Ford, flew to France to present Polanski the award, since the director would be immediately arrested and incarcerated due to outstanding warrants stemming from his fleeing the US after his 1978 statutory rape conviction to avoid imprisonment. [8 September 2003].
fred5678 on September 29, 2009 at 9:27 PM

From a Mens Journal interview with Harrison Ford in the summer of 2008:

“As I’ve gotten older I’ve let go of the ability to bullshit myself,”

Harrison Ford is still bullshitting himself. Badly.

MoCoM on September 29, 2009 at 10:35 PM

From IMDB, Harrison Ford is a friend and an enabler.

Received his first best director Oscar for the movie The Pianist (2002) five months after the awards ceremony. His friend, Harrison Ford, flew to France to present Polanski the award, since the director would be immediately arrested and incarcerated due to outstanding warrants stemming from his fleeing the US after his 1978 statutory rape conviction to avoid imprisonment. [8 September 2003].
fred5678 on September 29, 2009 at 9:27 PM

Probably just some misplaced identification of affection or something after his own tragic attack.

CPL 310 on September 29, 2009 at 10:36 PM

Guess what Hollywood is not getting any of….?

My $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$ !!!

Seven Percent Solution on September 29, 2009 at 10:37 PM

I put in a couple of comments on certain particularly offensive huffpost articles myself on this issue.

And may I make the observation that the defenders of Mr. Polanski brings to light a remarkable moral hypocrisy on the part of certain elements the artistic community to light. Namely that if one is admired and considered one of the luminaries of the community your sins and crimes will be actively ignored and for the matter whitewashed.

werehawk on September 29, 2009 at 10:39 PM

Don’t forget Michael Medved also lost his friggin mind.

Blake on September 29, 2009 at 10:26 PM

I didn’t want to go back and read the whole thread; glad someone else heard Medved jump the shark. Not only did he think it would be a bad investment of resources to pursue extraditing the midget pedophile, he repeatedly downplayed the charges and the plea bargain as “molestation”, refused to acknowledge the drugs and alcohol, and suggested that it was consensual sex.

This is the same Medved, by the way, who has repeatedly run shows dedicated to ripping on proponents of legalized marijuana. That’s right.

Again, just to be clear. Medved’s version of morality:

- Drugging and raping a 13 year old girl: Let’s not waste precious resources by chasing the pedophile rapist.

- Legalized marijuana use by adults, harming no one: a blight upon society and the gateway to Hell in a Handbasket.

What a fuck!ng moron.

Jaibones on September 29, 2009 at 10:42 PM

but among the people whose movies I’ll never watch again: Jonathan Demme

For this disgusting act of giving permission to molest and sodomize young girls, as well as for making Jimmy Carter Man from Plains; Jonathan Demme is “dead” to me.

Branch Rickey on September 29, 2009 at 10:43 PM

Monica Bellucci?

NOOOOOOOOO!

CTDeLude on September 29, 2009 at 10:47 PM

This extradition, if it takes place, will be heavy in consequences and will take away his freedom.

In other words, it would be a fitting consequence for raping a child.

SheofTwoMinds on September 29, 2009 at 10:47 PM

Don’t forget Michael Medved also lost his friggin mind.

Blake on September 29, 2009 at 10:26 PM

Well, I figured that out when he kept insisting John McCain was a conservative.

SagebrushPuppet on September 29, 2009 at 10:56 PM

Y’know, Polanski’s remark to Amis may in fact be true. Many guys might want to f*** little girls. But, for whatever personal reason, we accept the ethical rationale our culture establishes against doing so. AND SO WE DON’T DO IT.

That position is, so far as I’m concerned, in no way weakened by acknowledging that such constraints are not and have not been universal; I’m sure the Spartans thought their practice of giving their warriors a butt-boy was quite civilized.

JEM on September 29, 2009 at 11:10 PM

Oh dear GAIA, the integrity of international film festivals is at stake! This cannot stand! What is child rape when Cannes is on the line?

evergreen on September 29, 2009 at 11:28 PM

Hey, be fair: John Landis *killed* two children making a movie. (And Vic Morrow, while he was at it.) The way he sees it, probably isn’t a big deal, Polanski’s just raping one…

Well-Armed Lamb on September 29, 2009 at 11:31 PM

I think the important point here, in case it hasn’t been mentioned, is this guy totally would have had Michael Jackson’s endorsement.
Celebrities > Kids/Justice System, right?

Vortaine on September 29, 2009 at 11:36 PM

I’m kind of confused– Allah, if there’s no God, why is rape a sin? There is no sin, it’s just collective behavioral bargaining amongst adults. If this group votes that RoPo is cool, he’s COOL– get it?

leftnomore on September 29, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Perhaps Playboy can publish a “Top One List” of Pedophile Hollywood Directors that common sense folks would want to Prison Hate F***?

So unseemly.

juanito on September 29, 2009 at 11:55 PM

Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!”

What a prototypical Hollywood elitist — it’s all about him, indulging his urges, his desires, without a single thought to the harm he causes other people. It’s because of sociopaths like Polanski that society needs laws like the one he broke, and prisons like the one that will keep him away from other 13-year-olds, hopefully for a long, long time.

Socratease on September 30, 2009 at 12:04 AM

Here now, an even simpler hypothetical:

What would Polanski’s own reaction have been if a community of artists defended Charles Manson’s ‘creative and artistic interpretation of the lyrics of Helter Skelter’ as a character defense for Manson’s murder of Polanski’s wife and unborn child?

Sorry if this seems crass.

thirtypundit on September 30, 2009 at 12:06 AM

Good thing this creature (Polanski) didn’t rape a KFC chicken……or a mink.

OH BOY, then PETA would be all over his Eurotrash a$$.

But hey, she was only a 13 year old human……no biggie.

(ACORN & Hollywood apparently don’t mind underage girls being sexually abused by old men…..kinda f*ckin’ creepy if you ask me….which you didn’t)

omnipotent on September 30, 2009 at 12:08 AM

The fact that they think what he did seems to be okay with them, makes one consider what skeletons hide in their closets.
Kinda like Lefty pinhead Sean Penn whose Grand National Buick was stolen – and he had a pair of handguns in the trunk. In California.

TinMan13 on September 30, 2009 at 12:29 AM

(ACORN & Hollywood apparently don’t mind underage girls being sexually abused by old men…..kinda f*ckin’ creepy if you ask me….which you didn’t)

omnipotent on September 30, 2009 at 12:08 AM

You forgot David Letterman.

TinMan13 on September 30, 2009 at 12:30 AM

The LA DA has about 1000 attorneys on staff that are paid to do cases, including extraditions. There is no lost of resources. You can either pay them to do their job or pay them to do nothing.

Blake on September 30, 2009 at 12:37 AM

Every one of these bastards should be ashamed of themselves for defending an unrepentant child rapist. I hope this POS serves hard time and becomes someones wife in prison.

bluestateconservative on September 30, 2009 at 12:55 AM

I’m kind of confused– Allah, if there’s no God, why is rape a sin? There is no sin, it’s just collective behavioral bargaining amongst adults. If this group votes that RoPo is cool, he’s COOL– get it?

leftnomore on September 29, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Great point leftnomore!

bluestateconservative on September 30, 2009 at 1:00 AM

Some of you movie buffs help me out. Wasn’t Dakota Fanning going to do a rape scene in a flick called “Hound Dog” not too long ago?

PS. Sorry I didn’t Google it.

Dire Straits

Yes, you lazy non-googlin’ SOB, there is a rape scene in “Hounddog”. Nothing sexually explicit, but it still managed to convey the pathos & brutality of rape and it did cause somewhat of stir in some quarters since she was 12 at the time.

whatcat on September 30, 2009 at 1:01 AM

There’s a moral here somewhere, and I think I’ve found it:

Don’t take your children to France.

unclesmrgol on September 30, 2009 at 1:03 AM

Don’t take your children to France. – unclesmrgol

Probably sage advice. I’ve heard their morals are so lack that there’s a place in France where the ladies wear no pants – and worse yet, the men don’t care ’cause they’d rather see them bare.

whatcat on September 30, 2009 at 1:13 AM

Probably sage advice. I’ve heard their morals are so lack that there’s a place in France where the ladies wear no pants – and worse yet, the men don’t care ’cause they’d rather see them bare.

whatcat on September 30, 2009 at 1:13 AM

Faint echos of Sir Mixalot in your poetry.

What adults do with adults is one thing. What adults would allow adults to do with children is another.

unclesmrgol on September 30, 2009 at 1:33 AM

Faint echos of Sir Mixalot in your poetry. -
unclesmrgol

Wouldn’t know about that, Unc. I have no idea at all when it comes to hiphop & rapper-related stuff. I’m blissfully and thankfully clueless. And besides, the rappers are woefully behind the times on it since that was a gradeshcool era kid’s song I remember from 40 years+ back, something like “On Top Of Spaghetti”. I think variations on that “France rhyme” go back to the days of the can-can.

What adults do with adults is one thing. What adults would allow adults to do with children is another.

Indeed.

whatcat on September 30, 2009 at 1:46 AM

From the petition

His arrest follows an American arrest warrant dating from 1978 against the filmmaker, in a case of morals.

It was just a case of morals! How bourgeois!

That’s right. They think the drugging and rape of a 13-year-old girl is just a “morals” charge.

Thank God we don’t live in “enlightened” France.

tom on September 30, 2009 at 2:16 AM

Tilda Swinton…LOL, no shocker, that. She has an open marriage (if it is even legit) and has a young stud shacking up with her too.

Pervs love pervs.

What someone does with their own sexuality is none of my business or yours. I’m not condoning her lifestyle, but that guy is about 30 or so, what is a far cry from 13.

Politically she is a freak, I just didn’t think that quality about her extended to the safety and well being of children.

fireweednectar on September 30, 2009 at 2:26 AM

Roman Polanski.-1979

“If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… fucking, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to fuck young girls. Juries want to fuck young girls. Everyone wants to fuck young girls!”

Well, sure we do. It’s just that WE don’t drug them and do it when they say “No”…

Fuzzlenutter on September 30, 2009 at 2:52 AM

The Lion is roaming about our country–looking to devour and destroy…who will stand in it’s way?

lovingmyUSA on September 30, 2009 at 4:29 AM

There is a reason my husband and I watch only classic movies from Old Hollywood, with rare exceptions–the list of people we will not support is so much longer than those we will it’s just easier to skip it altogether. The old stars were not perfect, but at least there was a sense of shame and the idea that some behaviors would, and should, ruin you.

DrMagnolias on September 30, 2009 at 4:58 AM

The outrage of what these Hollywood actors, actresses, and directors profess in supporting Polanski is fine to say, but it’s a load of bull. The outrage shown against any of these types goes away in a few years and is quietly stuffed away when one wants to attend a movie that person is connected to.
Then people come up with excuses like, I don’t believe in boycotts, to make themselves feel less hypocritical.

Jeff from WI on September 30, 2009 at 5:21 AM

Don’t get me wrong, I despise Hollywood toady and I could easily boycott their crapola. But that was true BEFORE this latest outrage happened.

Jeff from WI on September 30, 2009 at 5:52 AM

today

Jeff from WI on September 30, 2009 at 5:52 AM

Yep, Allahpundit, just imagine …

“Imagine if the Knights of Columbus decided to give an award to a pedophile priest who had fled the country to avoid prison,” Father Tom Reese, S.J., points out. “The outcry would be universal.”

Of course its inconceivable that the Knights would never do such a thing.

The Anchoress, blogging now at First Things, makes a comparison:

A Study in Contrasts
Tuesday, September 29, 2009, 9:35 PM
The_Anchoress

Two Polish men.

Both artists.

Both “brilliant.”

Both persecuted by Nazis, in their native land. One was a prisoner, one was a slave. When the Nazis left, the Communists came.

One, Roman Polanski, becomes a filmmaker. He encounters a 13 year old girl.

One, Karol Wojtyla, becomes a priest. He too, encounters a 13 year old girl.

The Anchoress then links to an earlier essay:

The Polish Seminarian and the Jewish Girl he Saved
The Anchoress Wednesday, April 6, 2005, 8:56 AM

.

BTW Allah, the Anchoress quotes you here Polanski: Althouse dares to ask

And it is a worth quote indeed.

Mike OMalley on September 30, 2009 at 6:34 AM

Any of those celebrities have any 13-year old daughters or granddaughters they would send over to Polanski to spend the weekend?

albill on September 30, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Any of those celebrities have any 13-year old daughters or granddaughters they would send over to Polanski to spend the weekend?

albill on September 30, 2009 at 7:54 AM

They probably would. Look how many idiots kept sending kids to spend the weekend with Michael Jackson

Jeff from WI on September 30, 2009 at 8:10 AM

he assumed he could travel without hindrance

Never assume anything, especially when you’re a fugitive child rapist.

redfoxbluestate on September 30, 2009 at 8:42 AM

If Polanski was a toe-tapping Republican Senator in a Minnesota airport toilet stall, Hollywood would figuratively burn him at the stake. Kinda makes me wish for a 9.0 earthquake on the San Andreas fault……

olesparkie on September 30, 2009 at 8:46 AM

Would all these Polanski supporters do the same if a director drugged and sodomized one of Angelina Jolie’s adopted children at age 13? What if it was a priest who raped him/her?

I guess doping and molesting is acceptable in the entertainment world. see: Michael Jackson

Hell, the guy from the Mamas & the Papas was banging his daughter. Cool, right?

76United on September 30, 2009 at 9:02 AM

If Polanski was a toe-tapping Republican Senator in a Minnesota airport toilet stall, Hollywood would figuratively burn him at the stake. Kinda makes me wish for a 9.0 earthquake on the San Andreas fault……

olesparkie on September 30, 2009 at 8:46 AM

They’re moving Hollywood to India, but still I like cleaning Ca. out.

Jeff from WI on September 30, 2009 at 9:07 AM

Wes Anderson is on the list too…how disappointing.

hollygolightly on September 30, 2009 at 9:10 AM

How far would you have let Polanski go before deciding that, hey, he probably should serve some time after all?

Were he to have ever registered as a Republican, he’d have crossed the line of no return.

rjwest21 on September 30, 2009 at 9:27 AM

Hollywood douche: “I drugged and raped a child last night.”

Douche apologist: “Well, your last two movies were great, so maybe you’ll get parole. Besides, that saucy minx was probably asking for it, right?”

Douche: “Actually, she said no numerous times and I forced myself onto her.”

Apologist: “Well, you can send her a photo of your next award. That’ll fix everything.”

Douche: “I just converted to Christianity and I voted for McCain.”

Apologist: “Burn in Hell, you bastard!

Physics Geek on September 30, 2009 at 9:40 AM

I was disappointed to see that my favorite author Milan Kundera signed the moronic petition by the French philosopher Levy. I’m just going to assume that given the social circles that Kundera is in that it’s just easier for him to sign, since the petition isn’t really going to affect anything anyway. I don’t see this issue as significant enough to warrant bravery from people who may face real cost from dissenting. Prudence may be the reason some other people signed the petition. Boycotting them is excessive and doomed to fail. A boycott that focuses just on the leaders of free Polanski actions may stand some change to inflect at least a vicious paper cut.

thuja on September 30, 2009 at 9:42 AM

thuja, I still wonder if many of these people who signed the petition were even told the truth about what this guy did.

I wonder if it’s possible that a form of ‘media bias’ has obscured the truth from many of these people, especially the ones in Europe. Is it possible? Or do we have to assume that, no, these degenerates really do have the faintest inkling of what really happened, and yet still support the perp anyway.

It’s time to confront these auteurs one by one, ask them if they know what Ropie the R-pist did, listen to what they say, and challenge them on it. IMHO there’s merit to getting these people to flip en masse, even if a few of them do it only out of self-preservation. Perhaps someone in New Media could start going after them?

RD on September 30, 2009 at 10:13 AM

Here’s the problem, the parents THINK the justice system works…it doesn’t. No more trials for these sick folk. Save the Govt some money on trials and jail time. Rid the world of the same.

And the days of the Son of man shall be just as it was in the days of Noah, Eating and Drinking, marrying and given in Marriage…it also states that “Evil was in the heart of man continually”.

One has to ask, are we there yet?

will sass u on September 30, 2009 at 11:35 AM

This comes as no surpise considering if the degenerates in hollywood had their way there would be no rating system on television and your children would be exposed to all types of graphic lewd sexual behavior every time they turned the television on or went to the movie theater.

TrickyDick on September 30, 2009 at 1:42 PM

You forgot to mention three other American born film types, David Lynch, Buck Henry, and Terry Gilliam.

Though now a citizen of the UK, Terry Gilliam was born in Minnesota. He held dual citizenship with the UK for about three decades, but renounced his American citizenship in January of 2006, largely over his left wing politics in general – seeing the United States as “Orwellian” and similar to his film “Brazil.’

Trochilus on September 30, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Terry Gilliam

This makes me very sad.

Scrappy on September 30, 2009 at 4:44 PM

Entertainment, not religion, is the new opiate of the people and we don’t want our supply disturbed.”

Good inclusion from the Jesuit priest, Allahpundit.

maverick muse on September 30, 2009 at 4:57 PM

seeing the United States as “Orwellian” and similar to his film “Brazil.’

Trochilus on September 30, 2009 at 1:58 PM

Ha! As if the UK isn’t ahead of our woe, given Orwell’s British view of his own country’s state of progressive existence. Stupid is as stupid does. No explaining talent to ACT except to go with the flow of feelings and deliver memorized lines with conviction based upon belief in fiction, not fact, completely within a very confined context that surmises awareness within 2 hours on screen.

I mock the European petition of Polanski supporters who state that he’s atoned already. To equate living and working in Europe as the equivalent of serving his sentence in a US prison, in order to reach atonement, says exactly what Europeans really think of Europe (a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there).

maverick muse on September 30, 2009 at 5:07 PM

Forget the implications of these Hollywood types wanting a child rapist to be left alone;

Forget that they are probably all hard left and equally depraved;

My problem with this is that they actually think that both Us law and international law is something that should yelid to celebrity. I mean, I know it happens, but they actually rise up to lobby when it does not is an amazing statement about their view of the world and of themselves.

Get this Hollywqood. Your opinion about rape vs rape-rape does not count. Neither does mine by the way. The law needs to be followed no matter who you are.

MikeA on September 30, 2009 at 5:33 PM

I remain convinced that he is a fugitive. He was busted as such.

End of story.

There’s really no debate here. He failed to show up for sentencing. There are HUGE questions around his sentence, since he was offered a plea bargain.

Is that or is that not the word of the State?

If not, kiss all plea bargaining goodbye, and watch the legal system simply collapse.

AnninCA on September 30, 2009 at 6:02 PM

Curious…what is age appropriate in France for young girls to have sex?

bridgetown on September 30, 2009 at 6:53 PM

The mindset is like that of Britany Spears

Kini on September 30, 2009 at 7:49 PM

The age of consent in France is 15, as specified by Article 227-25, which reads: “The commission without violence, constraint, threat or surprise of a sexual offence by an adult on the person of a child under fifteen years of age is punished by five years’ imprisonment and a fine of €75,000.”

AnninCA: that sound like a fair sentence in California to me! Jail time AND a fine! We’ll be happy to take it in Euros…

Khun Joe on September 30, 2009 at 8:50 PM

Ugh Monica Bellucci? She was great as Magdalene in The Passion of the Christ. Great . . . First Mel Gibson, now this. *facepalm*
Thank God Roberto Benigni isn’t on it though. That would have definitely broken my heart.

Ingenue on September 30, 2009 at 9:21 PM

Update: A Jesuit priest wonders, what if it were Father Polanski who’d raped a kid? “Entertainment, not religion, is the new opiate of the people and we don’t want our supply disturbed.

Wow. Things that make you go, hmmmmmm…………………….

I’m reminded of that Calvin and Hobbes strip where Calvin reads Marx’s quote and goes “What do you suppose that means?”

The next panel is just a TV set saying “It means Karl Marx hadn’t seen anything yet.”

dissent555 on September 30, 2009 at 10:57 PM

Time for this crud to get a accustomed to one of our finer penitentiary’s shower rooms!

chickasaw42 on September 30, 2009 at 11:30 PM

I’m kind of confused– Allah, if there’s no God, why is rape a sin? There is no sin, it’s just collective behavioral bargaining amongst adults. If this group votes that RoPo is cool, he’s COOL– get it?

leftnomore on September 29, 2009 at 11:42 PM

Really? So two things:

1. If you don’t believe in God, you have no sense of what is good and bad?
2. Rape is only bad because it is a sin?

Wow you are stupid and scum. Diaf.

A Axe on October 1, 2009 at 12:38 AM

Any of those celebrities have any 13-year old daughters or granddaughters they would send over to Polanski to spend the weekend?

albill on September 30, 2009 at 7:54 AM

Besson said he has a daughter who is 13 and friends with Polanski’s daughter. You have to wonder if he allows sleepovers …

Hope on October 1, 2009 at 2:23 AM

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