Weep Not for Roman Polanski

There is a huge controversy building over something that should not be controversial at all: the arrest of 76-year-old film director Roman Polanski on charges going back to his rape of a 13-year-old girl in 1977.

Kate Harding has a superb piece in Salon reminding Polanski’s defenders that the man “raped a child“:

Let’s just start right there, because that’s the detail that tends to get neglected when we start discussing whether it was fair for the bail-jumping director to be arrested at age 76, after 32 years in “exile” (which in this case means owning multiple homes in Europe, continuing to work as a director, marrying and fathering two children, even winning an Oscar, but never — poor baby — being able to return to the U.S.). Let’s keep in mind that Roman Polanski gave a 13-year-old girl a Quaalude and champagne, then raped her, before we start discussing whether the victim looked older than her 13 years, or that she now says she’d rather not see him prosecuted because she can’t stand the media attention. Before we discuss how awesome his movies are or what the now-deceased judge did wrong at his trial, let’s take a moment to recall that according to the victim’s grand jury testimony, Roman Polanski instructed her to get into a jacuzzi naked, refused to take her home when she begged to go, began kissing her even though she said no and asked him to stop; performed cunnilingus on her as she said no and asked him to stop; put his penis in her vagina as she said no and asked him to stop; asked if he could penetrate her anally, to which she replied, “No,” then went ahead and did it anyway, until he had an orgasm.

Can we do that? Can we take a moment to think about all that, and about the fact that Polanski pled guilty to unlawful sex with a minor, before we start talking about what a victim he is? Because that would be great, and not nearly enough people seem to be doing it.

Read the rest of Harding’s piece — it’s essential to understanding this story.

7 Responses to “Weep Not for Roman Polanski”

  1. twistedmuser says:

    Any liberal, conservative or anything in between who thinks it’s wrong he is being arrested, should think about what you said! He raped a child and the fact that he was able to avoid arrest for 32 years is no reason to fail to arrest him now! I hope they drag his butt back here. He can spend the rest of his miserable life thinking of what he did, while Hollywierd makes a fortune off a movie about his “mistreatment”. Boohoo!

  2. tas says:

    There are some things I can’t believe there’s debate about… The TalkLeft “Free Roman Polanski” post almost made me puke. Any credibility TL head blogger Jeralyn Merritt rebuilt since the bitter primaries, after the lies she propagated in defense of Hillary, is gone as far as I’m concerned. The guy raped a child — I didn’t think this was a debatable matter.

    As for Anne Applebaum, the “journalist” who wrote the WaPo column defending Polanski whose husband just happens to be Poland’s Foreign Minister, Poland being a country which is also begging for Polanski’s freedom, why she isn’t fired for A) Such a stupid column; and B) Such an obvious, undisclosed conflict of interest, is beyond me.

  3. Patriotic says:

    Throw the bastard in jail! There are many convicted rapists that have just as sad of a story as Polanski. We’re not letting them go. There are many convicted rapists that were productive and even prominent members of society. We’re not letting them go either. But why is he any different from the average rapist? Because he has a sad Holocaust story or because he has an impressive filmmaking talent? I’m sure other rapists want their day in court to argue their worth to society in comparison to ruining the life of another human being. He’s a crimnal plain and simple and this has been ignored way too long!

    And what’s with all these other actors advocating for his release. He confessed he raped the girl! That is never okay, I don’t care who you are!

  4. Steven says:

    Polanski is a child rapist and should not be above the law. Society does not support taking sexual advantage of children. Think about your own children in such an awful situation with an evil man like Polanski. Well done to the American authorities on not giving up on chasing Polanski. The people supporting Polanski and his child rape are a disgrace to themselves.

  5. nicole says:

    I think this is disgusting.
    The fact that it is 30 years later should have no sway over anything. The fact that he fled the country and escaped prosecution at the time does not make him any less guilty or make any difference in his punishment, all it means is that he escaped justice and why did it take so long to catch him?
    The film community that has started a petition to have him released is disgusting and ignorant. He drugged, sodomized, and raped a 13 year old child.
    He pleaded guilty to a lesser charge – a single count of unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor under a plea bargain because of the publicity and because he knows he’s guilty. He paid out to the victim over hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to get out of being charged.
    I cannot believe there is an outcry over his being arrested. I am stunned there are people willing to forgive his actions. I can understand the victim wanting it all to just go away, but as a society we cannot forgive crimes like this against children. This is not a slap on the wrist type of action. This is a serious offense – the kind people should be put away for life for.
    Talking about his clear history since this crime means nothing, he has not served his time for this horrible action.
    Moreover, I have not seen anywhere where he has apologized or acknowledged wrongdoing. His comments in an interview in 1979 with novelist Martin Amis show his true colors I believe when he states “Everyone wants to F*** young girls”
    Based on his actions and his comments, is this really someone we believe should go free? Is this really someone we think should be forgiven, given a slap on the wrist?

    What I would like to know is how seriously will officials take that petition? How can people who oppose him being released get the attention of officials?

  6. Dirk Dotzert says:

    Sorry Film Celebs, Too Quick, Too Wrong: Your Peer Polanski Can Not Be Above The Law
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  7. Now you see what I mean about the Looney Left .. only Progressives are defending this guy .. as if his movies and art somehow mean its ok for him to drug and rape this girl. Reminds me of ACORN, Progressives didn’t even bat an eye over this corruption … they immediately want to file charges for illegal video rather than look at the substance of this corruption. Progressives seem willing to overlook the most heinous actions to protect one of their own.

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