Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Why Does Everybody Love Roman?

Umm, I don't understand....

What's controversial about the whole Roman Polanski situation?

By that I mean, why is there any conjecture at all about whether or not he's a "good man," or whether or not he "deserves to be punished?"

According to The L.A. Times, "Directors Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and Woody Allen are among dozens in the film industry to sign a petition calling for the immediate release of Polanski. Academy-Award winning film producer Harvey Weinstein, also a signatory to the petition, wrote in the UK Indpendent calling the original plea deal in Polanski's case a "miscarriage of justice."

Am I missing something? It's not being disputed that he had sex with a 13 year old, right? So.... since when's that forgivable?

Don't get me wrong, I do believe that we can admire certain positive qualities that otherwise reprehensible deadbeats might possess. But seriously, what the f*&k! And why's Marty Scorsese throwing his 2 cents in with freaks like Lynch (Blue Velvet and Lost Highway are my $hit though) and Allen? Oh, Woody Allen leaps to a pedophile's defense - what a f*&king surprise.

Polanski's life definitely hasn't been a picnic:

Tragedy overwhelmed Polanski the following year when his heavily pregnant wife Sharon Tate was brutally murdered, along with four others, by killers acting on the orders of radical cult leader Charles Manson.

But I wish to Christ they'd stop talking about him like some kind of martyr.

1 comment:

EDLA said...

i second this. i was talking to my coworker (who lived through polanski's wife's murder) and she reckons that although there was talk about his deed (rape) at the time, when his wife was murdered that sort of overshadowed it and made him a victim (or martyr) as you mention, so noone wanted to touch it. the press also had to lay off. personally i think it's revolting and the filmmakers signing this petition are contributing to the silence of rape victims, particularly when the offenders are high profile or respected members of the community. what makes me wonder is what we DON'T know about this story. what possessed these (i'd imagine) intelligent people to sign the petition? it just feels like there must be something we don't know here, although i can't imagine WHAT since you are right - sex with a thirteen year old girl is fucked in every way imaginable. grrr. anyway. thanks for shining some light onto this.