The other day on The View, a show I've never seen because I have a job, Whoopi Goldberg defended film director Roman Polanski, who is facing extradition to the United States for committing statutory rape in 1977, saying "It was something else but it wasn't rape-rape."
Oh, it was rape rape rape, Whoopi. Roman Polanski gave a 13-year-old girl champagne and drugs, then when she was all loopy he stuck his dick up her ass. Sorry to be so blunt but this was some seriously vile shit he did. There's no reason to sugarcoat it.
Whoopi went on to say, "We're a different kind of society. We see things differently."
Is she trying to say that child rape is a part of Roman Polanski's culture? I'm sure there are countries where a 13-year-old is considered an old maid who better get to birthin' pronto, but this wasn't an arranged marriage in a an Old World village. This was a grown man, living and prospering in the United States, purposefully incapacitating a child so he could have his way with her. That isn't culture ANYWHERE. Culture is clothing and music and food and literature, not an adult raping a child. Using Whoopi's argument, one would have to forgive the stoning of infidels on U.S. soil if it was part of the assailant's "culture".
Unfortunately, she isn't the only one defending Polanski. A group of film industry big shots signed a petition objecting to his arrest. The list of names includes noted directors Martin Scorsese, Woody Allen (no surprise there), David Lynch and Terry Gilliam. Really? The American guy from Monty Python is okay with Polanski's actions? That is very disappointing to me.
Are people willing to forgive anything because they admire someone's creative efforts? I'm beginning to think that's the case. "Sure, Polanski took some liberties with his female party guest, but have you seen Chinatown?" I believe if Joseph Stalin had a lovely singing voice or an eye for cinematography he'd be on our fucking currency by now.
So no, I don't think Roman Polanski deserves a free pass because of his talents or because it happened a long time ago or any other horseshit excuse his apologists come up with. And frankly, the effort they are putting forth to set him free makes me sick to my stomach.