Friday, October 02, 2009

What If It Was Your Daughter?

Maybe it's the new Starbucks Instant Coffee, of some other beverage out there.

This story has been percolating all week, and it is, simply, astounding, so many of allegedly intelligent people are, suddenly, swilling down gallons of "stupid juice".

We're going to have to rent a handful of double-decker buses, to bring in this many Ignorant Dolts to pick up their inglorious hardware.

Release Polanski, demands petition by film industry luminaries

Woody Allen, David Lynch and Martin Scorsese today added their names to a petition demanding the immediate release of Roman Polanski from detention in Zurich. The director was arrested on Saturday over a three-decade-old underage sex case when he arrived to receive a lifetime achievement award at the city's film festival.


The petition has now been signed by more than 70 film industry luminaries, including Polanski's fellow directors Michael Mann, Wim Wenders, Pedro Almodóvar, Darren Aronofsky, Terry Gilliam, Julian Schnabel, the Dardenne brothers, Alejandro González Iñárritu, Wong Kar-Wai, Walter Salles and Jonathan Demme. Actors Tilda Swinton, Monica Bellucci and Asia Argento, as well as producer Harvey Weinstein, have also put their names on the petition. Yesterday, Weinstein stated he was "calling on every film-maker we can to help fix this terrible situation".

The five members of the jury at the Zurich film festival, headed by the actor Debra Winger, yesterday released a statement protesting that the event "had been exploited in an unfair fashion".
We can take Woody Allen out of the equation right away, we know where his take is, but I wonder how Wim Wenders, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch, Harvey Weinstein, Michael Mann, Pedro Almodóvar, Terry Gilliam, Jonathan Demme, Debra Winger, and all the other nitwits, would feel, with Roman Polanski being who he is, making the films he has made, if it was their daughter that Polanski, drugged, and raped.

Would they still protest, and sign a petition to get him out of jail?

Read this, from Kate Harding, at Salon, the other day;

Reminder: Roman Polanski raped a child

Wow, OK, let's break that down. First, as blogger Jeff Fecke says, "Fun fact: the age of consent in 1977 in California was 16. It's now 18. But of course, the age of consent isn't like horseshoes or global thermonuclear war; close doesn't count. Even if the age of consent had been 14, the girl wasn't 14." Also, even if the girl had been old enough to consent, she testified that she did not consent. There's that. Though of course everyone makes a bigger deal of her age than her testimony that she did not consent, because if she'd been 18 and kept saying no while he kissed her, licked her, screwed her and sodomized her, this would almost certainly be a whole different story -- most likely one about her past sexual experiences and drug and alcohol use, about her desire to be famous, about what she was wearing, about how easy it would be for Roman Polanski to get consensual sex, so hey, why would he need to rape anyone? It would quite possibly be a story about a wealthy and famous director who pled not guilty to sexual assault, was acquitted on "she wanted it" grounds, and continued to live and work happily in the U.S. Which is to say that 30 years on, it would not be a story at all. So it's much safer to focus on the victim's age removing any legal question of consent than to get tied up in that thorny "he said, she said" stuff about her begging Polanski to stop and being terrified of him.

And there's Whoopi Goldberg.

This sister needs to get a new act, or, at least wake up, pull her head out of her ass;
Goldberg, star of The Color Purple and Sister Act, said: "I know it wasn't rape-rape. I think it was something else, but I don't believe it was rape-rape.
"Don't believe it was rape-rape"?


What kind of rape was it Whoopi?

Why don't you enumerate the vast numbers of different kinds rape, so we all can know, how you know, that it wasn't "rape-rape".

Actually, Whoopi may be correct.

When you read the Grand Jury testimony, it wasn't "rape-rape", it was "rape-rape-rape".

And there's Harvey Weinstein, the co-founder of Miramax Films, whose Ignorant Doltness dwarfs his suit size;
"Whatever you think about the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time," Weinstein wrote.
"So-called crime"?

Oh that's right, I almost forgot what we wrote above.

I guess something that is not really "rape-rape" gets classified as a "so-called crime".

I guess the news reports, and court records, are wrong, and that Pedophile Polanski pleaded "so-called guilty" to a plea-bargain deal for having only "so-called sex" with a "so-called 13-year-old girl"

And, I'm not privy to the new DOJ Sentencing Guidelines, that call living a life of luxury in Europe, for over 30-years, can be counted as "serving time".

There's numerous petitions floating around, to free the Pedophile Polanski, to demand that the Swiss do not extradite him back for his Los Angeles judgment day.

How about a new petition?

Maybe, one like, say, how many of those listed above, Debra Winger, Whoopie "Not Rape-Rape" Goldberg, Harvey "So-Called" Weinstein, will rush to sign on to.
"We the undersigned would be perfectly fine with Pedophile Polanski being alone in a room with our own 13-year-old daughters, or nieces"
C'mon there, let's see those hands raised high.

After all, whatever happens, it won't be "rape-rape", or some other "so-called" crime.

Pedophile Polanski "served his time", remember, so he must have a piece of paper that says he's not a pedophile any longer.

Bonus Pedophile Polanski Links

Lauren: Getting Over It

Michael Stickings: Defending Polanski; or, how the Hollywood left has completely lost its marbles

Amanda Hess: Common Roman Polanski Defenses, Refuted

Katha Pollitt: Roman Polanski Has a Lot of Friends

Glenn Greenwald: Post editors should read their own columnists

Kate Dailey: Roman Polanski Raped a Child: A Primer

Gabe: Roman Polanski Might Use Documentary To Continue To Prove That He Raped A 13-Year-Old

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