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Polanski Petition Doesn’t Address Rape Charges

October 3, 2009


Does arresting Roman Polanski mean that he is not a great filmmaker?  Does it mean we don’t feel for his traumatic childhood in which he survived the Holocaust?  Can is possibly mean we don’t feel for the loss of his late wife at the evil hands of the Manson family?

No, it only means he never paid the price for raping a minor.

However, it feels like half of the film industry has come out against the recent arrest of Polanski by signing a petition.  Even major figures who never inject themselves into public debate, like Martin Scorsese and David Lynch, have came out on behalf of Polanski. All of this support leaves out one important thing.  Polanski committed rape and admitted it.

The petition reads as follows:

We have learned the astonishing news of Roman Polanski’s arrest by the Swiss police on September 26th, upon arrival in Zurich (Switzerland) while on his way to a film festival where he was due to receive an award for his career in filmmaking.

His arrest follows an American arrest warrant dating from 1978 against the filmmaker, in a case of morals.

Filmmakers in France, in Europe, in the United States and around the world are dismayed by this decision. It seems inadmissible to them that an international cultural event, paying homage to one of the greatest contemporary filmmakers, is used by the police to apprehend him.

By their extraterritorial nature, film festivals the world over have always permitted works to be shown and for filmmakers to present them freely and safely, even when certain States opposed this.

The arrest of Roman Polanski in a neutral country, where he assumed he could travel without hindrance, undermines this tradition: it opens the way for actions of which no-one can know the effects.

Roman Polanski is a French citizen, a renown and international artist now facing extradition. This extradition, if it takes place, will be heavy in consequences and will take away his freedom.

Filmmakers, actors, producers and technicians – everyone involved in international filmmaking – want him to know that he has their support and friendship.

On September 16th, 2009, Mr. Charles Rivkin, the US Ambassador to France, received French artists and intellectuals at the embassy. He presented to them the new Minister Counselor for Public Affairs at the embassy, Ms Judith Baroody. In perfect French she lauded the Franco-American friendship and recommended the development of cultural relations between our two countries.

If only in the name of this friendship between our two countries, we demand the immediate release of Roman Polanski.

Those signing the petition feel his arrest violates the tradition and nature of controversial filmmakers being allowed to present at international film festivals. We need to remember that Polanski isn’t being arrested for showing an offensive film.  He is being arrested for rape.  This is beyond “a case of morals,” as they put it.

Polanski has a history of being with young (and underage) women.  He has admitted it on several occasions, which leads us to believe his dark history may go beyond this one 1977 incident.  Red Eye guest and founder of Big Hollywood, Andrew Breitbart, weighs in:

“What will these people say if somebody comes out of the woodwork and says they weren’t the only victim?  Will they come out and say they are sorry they signed this thing?”

My guess is no.  But  Hollywood’s petition does not address the reason why Polanski was arrested in the first place.  Nor does it matter what atrocities Polanski overcame in his lifetime.  Nothing trumps the sexual violation of a minor.

  1. Paul Cooper permalink
    October 3, 2009 4:31 pm

    Thank you for bringing this to our attention! I cannot comprehend all these hollywood folks and others who are against arresting someone for raping a 13 year old girl! How long before Oliver Stone or another director makes a film about this portraying Polanski as a hero?

  2. October 3, 2009 4:34 pm

    Yeah we know Stone will be on this list (if he isn’t already). I heard there is already a new documentary about him in the works…

  3. melvin polatnick permalink
    October 3, 2009 4:35 pm

    Many of the men that signed the petition are wealthy and vulnerable to the same type of entrapment Polanski experienced. They understand mans weakness for youth. They also know that there are predators that prey on the wealthy. Some come in the form of mothers tempting the rich man to have sex with their underage daughters. The weak and perverted agree. If they do it will become the most sorrowful thing that they ever did. Not only have they committed an immoral act but they are threatened with arrest unless they meet the extorters price. There are thousands of mothers with underage daughters trying to shake down the wealthy. The defense against them is never give into temptation or else you will suffer the pain of Polanski.

    • Paul Cooper permalink
      October 3, 2009 4:56 pm

      Wow Melvin. It’s amazing you can attempt to make the man who did this evil act the victim. That scares me to hear such an approach. There is NEVER NEVER NEVER any excuse whatsoever for raping a 13 year old girl. It is sick and disgusting to even consider it.

    • ElanaSe permalink
      October 3, 2009 7:49 pm

      Oh, I got it, it’s all evil mothers’ fault…It’s not that he took advantage of young, vulnerable and weak girl for a few seconds of orgasm – it’s her mother who made him do it…I got it/. I bet if he did the same to the 18 years old woman you’d say “She made him do it – she wore a short dress”.

      The difference between animal and a human is that human is capable of controlling his own instincts, and most of the civilized men who have “weakness for the youth” do pretty darn good job in this field. And those who don’t – go to jail, wealthy or poor.

      Polanski is not wealthy and vulnerable who evil mothers take advantage of. He is a rapist and pedophile who happened to be reach and got off the hook, period.

      I cannot understand the direction of the moral compass of those, especially who have children or grandchildren and still try to portray Polansky in most sophisticated ways as some sort of victim…Unless they have their own skeletons in the closets to hide…

      Thank you, Chris.

      To my huge disappointment Salman Rushdie was one of those who supported different petition of the same contest ( That was such a bitter moment for me.

    • floot permalink
      October 6, 2009 4:41 pm

      Melvin, get real. FFS. He plied a 13 year old girl with alcohol and drugs, and then had sex with her despite her protests.

      No one HAS to have sex with a 13 year old girl – no matter the temptation. No one forced Polanski to rape her orally, vaginally and anally. He did that.

  4. October 3, 2009 5:18 pm

    Agreed, Paul. He is a victim of a bad personal decision, not a victim of his own wealth and celebrity status.

  5. Marylou permalink
    October 3, 2009 5:39 pm

    I’m with Brietbart. Could there be other victims? usually there are.

    Predators can’t help themselves in many cases.

    Certainly, Billy Clinton’s “women” started coming out of the woodwork, but of course many people choose to ignore those facts, too.

    Sad….all the way around.

  6. Marylou permalink
    October 3, 2009 5:45 pm

    p.s. When I read the word “entrapment” by Melvin, I am incensed for a moment.

    What utter denial! or are they actually trying to get away with it, make it seem acceptable?

    I think that is the thing in this case that is almost as bad as forcing a young girl who was pleading with him to leave her alone (read the transcript) is the Arrogance of the community that defends him without regard to his transgression, only with regard to his talents, as if that excuses him.

    They seem to think they are above the law. This to me would place them beneath contempt except that I have to remember we are all in this thing together and truly There but for the grace of God go I.

    Given a difficult situation and painful, unresolved past, any of us can do very wrong things, but that still doesn’t make it OK.

    We can have compassion on him but justice still needs to be met.

    • ElanaSe permalink
      October 3, 2009 8:01 pm

      That’s the perversive way the whole elitist artistic society understood Nabokov’s Lolita. While he tried to portray the CRIME of the ruining the young girl’s life and the whole bouquet of consequences, they translated it as “pedophiles have feelings too, we should understand them”.

  7. Cas Balicki permalink
    October 3, 2009 6:24 pm

    Pity Polanski wasn’t a very talented welder. Being a welder would certainly have excused his indiscretion, perhaps even turned it into a minor peccadillo, heavy on the minor, of course. Unlike filmmakers welders do something useful, contribute to society even, so one can look the other way when they go off the straight and narrow.

  8. October 3, 2009 7:53 pm

    For many people who I remember from the Sixties, their political opinions were more a fashion statement than an ideological position. Nowhere is this more evident than within the entertainment field. For them it’s not about making an intellectual evaluation and arriving at a thought out conclusion. Its about being properly accessorized with fashionable political bling.

  9. Petronius permalink
    October 4, 2009 5:09 am

    It makes me sick that members of the arts community have come out in support of Polanski. For God’s sake he raped the girl orally, vaginally and anally! One wonders how he thought he would get away with it. Perhaps he thought that he could pay the girl off and this raises questions as to whether he had done this type of thing before. Polanski is a coward and he should face the music.

  10. valhalla permalink
    October 4, 2009 5:45 am

    Although I usually do not agree with the Hollywood “elites” I recognize that their value system is quite different from Middle America: “Art is more important than people.” So their behavior is predictable.

  11. Karl Stein permalink
    October 5, 2009 5:56 pm

    From eye witnesses, the accuser is this ase had the appearance and demeanor of a 20 year old young woman. In the emergency department at Parkwood Hospital, she was not upset, but matter of fact. It seems from the real information that very vulnerable Polanski was the victim of an extortion, when he refused to pay the amount demanded by the mother and extremely precoscious accuser. Incidentally, the accuser wants this to be dropped. Why? Most likely, the admission of guilt to a lesser charge was to get rid of this case when he was very depressed about the slaughter of his beloved wife and nearly born child. This depressed state has been well documented. So the vulture people,
    without knowing the real facts, seek to crucify the victim Polanski. Shame of the vulture people.

    • floot permalink
      October 6, 2009 4:37 pm

      Oh, she looked 18 did she – well, that makes it OK then. She may have asked her to stop, he may have plied her with drugs and alcohol, and he may then have raped her orally, vaginally and anally, but at least she looked like she was at the age of consent.


      How anyone can look at the case of a guy having sexual intercourse with a 13 year old girl and manage to see the 43 year old man as a victim is beyond me.

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