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…