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In 1977, Roman Polanski was 44 years old and carving out a rep as a great cinematic director.  One day, he asked the mother of a 13 year old girl, Samanth Gailey, if he could take pictures of her for the French Vogue magazine.  Mommy agreed.  Polanski took the girl to Jack Nicholson's house (WHO WAS NOT THERE, LET'S BE CLEAR ABOUT THAT!  There's enough rottenness to this whole thing without pinning a bum rap on someone).  The girl was resistant (here's a head's up, girls -- real fashion photographers know when the model is uncomfortable with something like if the pose is too revealing and WILL NOT FORCE HER, but work with what she can do.  You find someone trying to talk you into something you don't want, sock him or her in the head and run like hell).  Polanski lubed her up with champagne and qualudes, and after getting nude photos of her, raped her (he also sodomized her, back then it was seen as a separate offense, but rape is rape).

So, let's count the various infractions, shall we?

1)  Wreckless endangerment and child endangerment (alcohol and drugs?!?  He's goddamn lucky he didn't kill her!)

2)  Child pornography (nude photos of a 13 year old)

3)  Statutory rape (there is such a thing as too young, regardless of what pedorockers like Britney Spears and Hannah Montana present)

4)  Contributing to the delinquency of a minor (alcohol, drugs, sex, that's pretty much all the social taboos)

The only thing missing is aggrevated mopery with intent to gawk.

Polanski got nailed for sodomy, perversion (NO SHIT?!?), rape by use of drugs, and lascivious acts upon a child under 14.  Polanski managed to plead down to unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor.  Part of the plea deal was a sort of work-release -- he would be allowed out of prison to work on his next movie.  Polanski got out and jumped a plane to Britain, then France, where he has been ever since.  France refused all extradition requests.  Polanski has periodically tried to get his case overturned, claiming the judge went back on the plea bargain (which is why he was able to get out of prison and out of the country.  Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiight).  Recently, Gailey has said she has forgiven Polanski and isn't traumatized by the incident and can't we let this go.  By that logic, if someone kills you, they should be allowed to go free because you won't be pressing any charges.

This weekend, Polanski's hubris did to him what he did to Gailey all those years ago -- stuck it right up his pooper.  Switzerland held a film festival in Polanski's honor.  Polanski flew in, and got pinched at the airport.  He's being held while the extradition process goes.  It's turned into an international incident, with people basically saying, "How dare the US have authorities arrest a guy on the lam from the law for over thirty years!"

At first, I thought it was just government zeal, like how the Feds are determined to bring down Barry Bonds, even if they have to trample Constitutional rights to do it.  But the fact is, Polanski is a fugitive, he took advantage of the terms of his release and made the judge look Charlie, and this would have been over long ago if either France had done what they were supposed to and allow extradition or if Polanski had just manned up and faced the consequences.  He should have been pinched, and I'm frankly shocked that he thought no one would ever try to pick him up.  Otherwise, he never would have left France to get his ego stroked.

I don't know what it is about celebrity that makes people forget social rules.  Michael Jackson's concert movie sold out of its advance screening tickets in short order, as if he never was a pedophile nutcase.  And now, people coming to Polanski's defense.  Folks, guilty is guilty.  Making exceptions is how politicians and religious leaders get inspired to shaft us.  Get some standards.

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mornblade
Sep. 29th, 2009 04:55 pm (UTC)
"... it is my duty, it is ANYONE's duty to stop them before they get too far. The Law must be upheld."

Nice song choice.
sinetimore
Sep. 29th, 2009 11:14 pm (UTC)
You remembered the oath! Awesome! I knew I taught you well!
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