What she said.

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009 @ 11:56 pm | Culture

Not much room to defend Roman Polanski. Whatever plea bargain he didn’t think was going to be honored, going on the lam isn’t a solution. Because they’re right to catch you, and then you have to be punished for running. Had he stayed, there’s this amazing process called an appeal. It likely would have been over and done with 30 years ago. He also had a recent chance to appear in court to settle the issue, and turned it down.

It’s unfortunate that many directors have signed a petition in Polanski’s defense, which allows wingers to trot out their usual anti-Hollywood blather, but I understand that most of these people like Scorsese are Polanski’s friends. Subjectivity is a bitch, and knowing that Polanski has walked a pretty straight line and lived a good life since fleeing is certainly somewhat reassuring. But he’s got unfinished business. I look forward to him being able to walk on American soil again after he’s resolved it.

Now if only those wingers were calling for Bush and Cheney’s arrest…


4 Responses to “What she said.”

  1. Descent Says:

    Have the wingers started using Polanski as a metaphor for liberalism writ large yet? I haven’t kept up to date with all of the new “outrages” but I’d be surprised if at least Dr. Laura hasn’t devoted a segment or two to the topic.

  2. mike g Says:

    Here’s Roger Simon documenting “Hollywood’s implosion” for the 66,398th time:


    As far as winger outrage-porn goes this one is pretty weak. I think the condemnation of Polanski is near universal and if you notice Simon is reduced to trawling the comments sections of blogs to try and find some sort of deviancy he can exploit into a larger indicator.

  3. Dana Says:

    Our esteemed host wrote:

    I look forward to him being able to walk on American soil again after he’s resolved it.

    So do I: the soil in the prison yard.

    He drugged and then raped a thirteen year old girl. Then, when he was worried that he might knock her up, he flipped her over and raped her in the ass.

    We wouldn’t think twice about locking up some ordinary working man who did that crap, locking him up for twenty years and, if we ever did let him out, forcing him to register as a sex offender and drastically restricting the places he could live. But since Mr Polanski is an artiste, why the rules are different for him.

  4. jeromy Says:

    Whatever the sentence is, Dana, it is. Although I congratulate you on not suggesting the death penalty…