Monday, July 12, 2010

Roman Holiday

It looks like Roman Polanski will get away with it after all. The Swiss government's decision to deny extradition will apparently make sentencing the famous film director for his crime nearly impossible.

That's bad enough, but what is more distressing is the apparent decision by much of the media to sanitize the details of the case when reporting it. Most of them fall back on some euphemistic dodge like "Polanski's sexual relations with a minor." The truth is that in 1977 he drugged, raped, and sodomized a 13-year old girl. He pleaded to a lesser charge in exchange for a, frankly, ridiculously light sentence. It was from that sentencing that the pervert and coward fled the country. In anything like a just world, this creep would never have made another movie, good or bad.

But even more distressing still is that in spite of the well-known, but little reported, facts, he continues to enjoy the support and defense of far too many elites. Distressing, but not surprising.

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