With so many things happening in the world--socialism failing miserably in Europe (good thing); Obama punting on Afghanistan (bad); health care bill hopefully dying (good); I hate to write about Roman Polanski, but kind of feel the need to put something out there. The guy is an admitted pedophile--he admitted to and was convicted of drugging and having sex with a 13 year child. But he's not really the main point of what I want to write about.
The thing I'd like to see is a boycott of all films by the Hollywood elite who have come out and supported the fact that this man should not be arrested for his crime (and then leaving the country to avoid his sentence--as I recall, that's called fugitive from justice). I find two things most interesting in this article.
Firstly Whoopi Goldberg is leading the charge in leaving Polanski alone. She's using the 'Clinton Maneuver': "It wasn't rape-rape", kinda like what the definition of is, is.
Secondly Luc Besson, the director of one of my favorite movies, The Fifth Element, says "I have a lot of affection for him, he is a man that I like very much but nobody should be above the law. I don't know the details of this case, but I think that when you don't show up for trial, you are taking a risk." And Besson is French (and a director) so he's bucking both his government and his contemporaries with such a statement.
I think that this issue might be the one that breaks the public's ties with Hollywood and the media. Even at the Huffington Post, people are PISSED that the media is taking the side of an admitted child rapist. I'm going to be checking out the Hollywood petition and will be looking at my favorite shows and movies to see which ones are going to be dropped from my schedule. In the meantime, I'll be watching The Fifth Element again......
4 months ago