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Even Media Matters disgusted by Polanski apologists

September 29, 2009


That was snarky, I know. But given how hard it is to keep up with the latest “progressive” “goodthink” without my Left Wing Decoder Ring (I had to pawn it when my Z.O.G. check bounced…), I trust you’ll forgive me.

Media Matters‘ Jamison Foser manages to out-snark me anyway. With unconcealed contempt, Foser blasts two Washington Post columnists for downplaying the crimes of filmmaker Roman Polanski, who fled the country in 1978 after being convicted of sexually assaulting an underage girl, and is now being extradited to the United States.

As well, Foser generously credits conservative blogger Patterico (who works for the L.A. County District Attorney’s office) with pointing out columnist Anne Applebaum’s unstated conflict of interest in the matter: her husband, “Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, is lobbying the U.S. to drop proceedings against Polanski.”

Finally, the one thing conservatives and progressives can agree upon: child molesters should be punished, no matter how many Oscars they’ve won.

Sadly, we can’t even go that far.

To site just one example from this week: on The View, liberal Whoopi Goldberg opined that what happened to Polanski’s victim wasn’t “rape-rape,” adding that, in Europe, the incident wouldn’t have been such a big deal. And please don’t comment that “nobody watches The View;” millions of women do, every day.

Now, American liberals bemoaning the philistinism and puritanism of their unwashed fellow citizens is nothing new. What is relatively new is what Catholic blogger and author Mark Shea has called “the mainstreaming of pedophilia,” a phenomenon driven by Hollywood and other cultural taste-makers.

People were shocked back in the 1990s, when little girls dressed up as “Pretty Woman” (i.e., a prostitute) for Halloween. These days, pre-pubescent girls dress like that to go to school every day. Movies from obscure festival prize-winners to Oscar winners like American Beauty are incrementally normalizing pedophilia. Glamor is a potent agent of erosion. (Which is why, incidentally, Catholics renewing their baptismal vows promise to “reject the glamor of evil.”)

As Mark Shea has observed ruefully: today’s progressives (rightly) condemn pedophile priests (although mostly as a stick to beat the Catholic Church with); tomorrow’s even “more enlightened” ones will be obliged by their own twisted, doctrinaire logic to hail them as poor, misunderstood victims of society’s “dark age” intolerance.

Gee, if only all those Catholic priests had thought to go to film school instead.

  1. Black Mamba permalink
    September 29, 2009 10:41 am

    Of course, it was “rape-rape” (champagne, quaaludes and physical force) as well as statutory rape. It would have been rape if she’d been 25. But Whoopi’s line will be the one all the lefties will take; someone with a stronger stomach and a better cable package than I have can watch Bill Maher explain how the Europeans, unlike the American yokels, are all very sophisticated about men in their ’40s having orgies with girls barely out of Elementary School.

    • jbtrevor permalink
      September 29, 2009 5:28 pm

      Don’t forget the Left doesn’t mind this type of behavior. After all it is rampant in Islam and as pointed out in “Unholy Alliance” whats good for Islam is good for the Left.

  2. Ellie in T.O. permalink
    September 29, 2009 5:38 pm

    If Whoopi had been “kinda-sorta-raped” when she was 13, I bet she wouldn’t be talking about forgiving and forgetting.

  3. Timray permalink
    September 29, 2009 7:11 pm

    look, she was paid off so what is the beef. if we go judging our artists with the social norm of the population we will see an end to the National Endowment for the Arts. the same problem happened to slave owners what with all those from a lower culture coming into estrus and seducing white men….please!! these little tramps are all alike Lolita….we have bigger fish to fry. we need to get behind President Obama and push the change. Yes we can!!! the little tramp was took care of….leave our artists alone, they are not ordinary folks.

  4. jbtrevor permalink
    September 29, 2009 7:43 pm

    Kathy, the question that lingers with me is this:

    Isn’t it going to be difficult to convict him without the testimony of the 13yo, now 40 something who is likely to have forgotten many details if she testifies at all?

    • Swemson permalink
      September 29, 2009 9:00 pm

      From what I’ve read, she doesn’t want the case to be prosecuted at all… Sounds reasonable.. all it can bring her is further humiliation….

      • Swemson permalink
        October 10, 2009 2:42 pm

        Anyone who’s annoyed by what I said here, should read it again…

        And then tell me where in that comment I ever advocated NOT prosecuting the creep !

      • Swemson permalink
        October 10, 2009 2:43 pm


    • Andre permalink
      September 30, 2009 11:02 am

      She will not be asked to testify because the rapist has already agreed to a plea bargain and has already been convicted.
      He escaped before sentence was passed.
      Sentence will simply be passed based on the plea bargain.
      But he will likely face an additional charge for fleeing after his conviction. This has nothing to do with the victim either so again she will not have to testify.

    • praybrethren permalink
      September 30, 2009 11:20 am

      And they already have her testimony from the 1970s. So that’s not an issue, either.

  5. Bill01 permalink
    September 29, 2009 8:05 pm

    Polanski has already been convicted. Read the grand jury transcript and weep.

  6. Revnant Dream permalink
    September 29, 2009 9:25 pm

    Hollywood with debauchery has had an affair with perverts since the beginning. People forget Charlie Chaplin’s penchant for marring young teen girls.
    To Peewee Herman (Like nobody knew from his show this guy was a fruit-loop) & others a plenty. The Picture industry has always had a soft spot for child sex. Remember Blue Lagoon?
    To them this guy is the victim his 13 year old prey the predator. TV has Nambla on a regular basis. Same mindset. Innocence should be d-spoiled with injury, for their sexual impulses.

  7. September 30, 2009 3:42 am

    Hey, JMO, leave Pee-Wee out of it! Paul Rubens was caught in a regular adult theatre watching ordinary adult porn- no kids involved. Icky yes, but there IS a difference, and that was an unfair association. But as for JB and Ellie, I’m with you….

  8. gareth permalink
    September 30, 2009 5:11 am

    “Gee, if only all those Catholic priests had thought to go to film school instead.”


  9. Dr. Fein permalink
    September 30, 2009 7:35 pm

    Just more death of feminism, and death of decency too.

  10. Joseph White permalink
    September 30, 2009 9:10 pm

    What you are overlooking, is that Whoopie has a daughter. Someone should ask her what she would do if someone had lured her 13 year old daughter into a house, drugged her, and raped her. What would she have done?

    That’s the question. If she says, she would have not considered it rape, then it’s a sign that she has a mental disorder.

  11. KELLY permalink
    October 10, 2009 8:31 am



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