I have pondered for a week what to do or say about Roman Polanski’s arrest at a film festival in Switzerland last week for fleeing the United States in 1978 after raping a 13 year old girl, and the resulting “Free Polanski” petition which members of the European and American film community, as well as designers, authors, and other artists have signed urging for Polanski’s release.
I speak only for myself when I say the following: Roman Polanski is a revolting human being, and the artists who are rallying behind Roman Polanski are morally repugnant and should be deeply ashamed of themselves.
Whoopi Goldberg said it wasn’t “rape-rape.”
Debra Tate, the sister of Sharon Tate, Polanski’s wife who was murdered by the Manson family in 1969 told Matt Lauer on the Today Show that even though the girl was 13, it was consensual sex: “It was rape, but it wasn’t rape.”
Debra Winger accused the Swiss authorities of “philistine collusion” and said “This fledgling festival has been unfairly exploited, and whenever this happens the whole art world suffers.”
Every time another celebrity opens his or her mouth in defense of Roman Polanski, I lose all respect for that person. Hell, anytime any one of my friends or acquaintances opens his or her mouth in defense of Roman Polanski, I lose all respect for that person. Roman Polanski forcibly raped a 13 year old girl. Full.Stop.
And after he fled the United States, this is what he had to say about it:
“If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… fucking, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to fuck young girls. Juries want to fuck young girls. Everyone wants to fuck young girls!”
Which brings me to the reason for this post. A few months ago, Thundersquee! featured Natalie Portman as a Daily Bale. As a result, Thundersquee! un-baled her. Any person who would sign a “Free Polanski” petition does not deserve to be featured as a Daily Bale on Thundersquee!
Shame on you, Natalie. I have lost all respect for you.
I have also lost all respect for the following people: