Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Paragraph of the Day: On Roman Polanski and Justice

"The point is not to keep 76-year-old Polanski off the streets or help his victim feel safe. The point is that drugging and raping a child, then leaving the country before you can be sentenced for it, is behavior our society should not -- and at least in theory, does not -- tolerate, no matter how famous, wealthy or well-connected you are, no matter how old you were when you finally got caught, no matter what your victim says about it now, no matter how mature she looked at 13, no matter how pushy her mother was, and no matter how many really swell movies you've made."

Kate Harding, Salon.com


Paul said...

Meanwhile, on the real kook left, Whoopie thinks this wasn't 'rape' rape, this was just rape... ya know, this is just the common sodomy kind of rape on a 13 year old according to Whoopie ... no big deal... http://www.ihatethemedia.com/roman-polanski-whoopi-goldberg

LisaKN said...

It's sad to know that talent, power, fame, and wealth all precede morals. And it's sad to know that's not too much of a surprise.

I'm not really one to believe that a wrong doing makes someone a terribly person in all ways, but what bothers me most was Polanski's avoidance of the situation. He admitted and had every opportunity to clear it out of the way. It could have all been done and over with many years ago, and if he did have any true respect for his victim, he would have done it.