September 29, 2009

Roman Polanski

From child rapist to Oscar winning director to international incident.

And that's excluding the most difficult and heart-breaking aspects of his life.

Angry celebs and European pollies are joined in their outrage, as Roman Polanski sits in a jail in Switzerland awaiting extradition to the US.

I truly don't know what to make of this brouhaha.

When all is weighed up, I have to side with the victim, who has long said she didn't want any further action taken against Polanski, in essence, because it drags her back to a rape that she wants to forget. I'd much prefer to see her feelings being the decider.

Meanwhile, celebrities and pollies publicly foaming at the mouth to defend Polanski, is a tawdry spectacle.

If this is killed off for the wrong reasons, we will all be complicit in something deeply shameful, intrinsically abusive and hypercritical.

International bid for Polanski release


  1. "I truly don't know what to make of this brouhaha."
    Neither do I Caz!

    One wonders if Polanski had just been your average Joe.. would there have been such an outpouring of support? (Spits.)

  2. And that's the point, isn't it Kath.

    Being an arteest, particularly a film arteest, trumps being a child rapist.

    Untalented prisoners, without passports, all over the world must be seething.

    Let's also not forget that many child sex abuse cases that make it to court these days, or that are 'settled' (eg, the churches) are decades old. Don't hear anyone suggesting that such old crimes should not be prosecuted or appropriately punished.

    Plus he admitted guilt, then fled.

    No one is attempting to argue that he is innocent, only that the laws don't apply to Polanski ... unless he wants to freely wander back onto US.