Morally Bankrupt

I’ve been debating with myself whether to write about the Roman Polanski arrest.  I just can’t believe that there is anyone supporting his release.  Yet, more than one hundred actors, producers and directors have signed a petition doing just that.  The petition has some of the most stupid logic that I have ever seen.  They claim that there is something special about international film festivals; the Polanski’s arrest undermines the freedom of international cultural events.

Never mind that Polanski pleaded guilty to a felony, then fled the country before he could be sentenced.

Whoopie Goldberg says it wasn’t a “rape-rape.”  Harvey Weinstein calls it a “so-called crime.”  I’ve read the transcript of the grand jury testimony of the 13-year-old victim of this “so-called crime”, “not a rape-rape.”  A summary of the testimony can be found at Steve Lopez’ Los Angeles Times’ column here.  I won’t go into specifics, but it is clear that a serious crime was committed.  Polanski was able to plea bargain the initial charges down to only one felony charge because the victim’s family wanted to spare her the trauma of a public trial. All the people calling for this thing to be dropped are either grossly ignorant of the facts or completely morally bankrupt.

Should it make a difference that this is a very old case?  Should it make a difference that the victim has forgiven Polanski and has tried to move on with her life?  Is Polanski’s self imposed exile from the United States (so he wouldn’t be arrested) be considered punishment enough?  Should the fact that he lost his mother in the Holocaust or that his wife and unborn child were murdered by the Charles Manson gang be taken into consideration.

No, in every case, I don’t think so.  Polanski committed a series of serious crimes  on a 13-year-old.  He needs to be held accountable.  Period.  End of story.  And to those who think this needs to be dropped:  How would you feel if the victim was your 13-year-old daughter.  I have a hard time believing that you would think that it wasn’t a “rape-rape” or only a “so-called crime.”  At least I hope so.

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One Response to “Morally Bankrupt”

  1. CALIFORNIA GIRL :o) Says:

    My question is–WHY was a 13 year in that situation to start with? Where was her mother. SO disgusting.

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