Rich white man expected to suffer consequences of own actions, end times nigh

Kate Harding basically nails it on the Roman Polanski issue, at and then Jezebel.

Roman Polanski raped a child. Let’s just start right there, because that’s the detail that tends to get neglected when we start discussing whether it was fair for the bail-jumping director to be arrested at age 76, after 32 years in “exile” (which in this case means owning multiple homes in Europe, continuing to work as a director, marrying and fathering two children, even winning an Oscar, but never — poor baby — being able to return to the U.S.).

I don’t really have anything to add, because it’s just boggling my mind how this is even an issue.  How “he raped a child and fled the country to avoid being punished for it” is somehow not that bad because he’s made some movies and been forced to live in the cultural wasteland that is France for years.


  1. Kim

    I’m with you – I can’t for the life of me understand why people can’t see this. And that some are saying it was consensual – excuse me? The 13-year-old was drugged and drunk. And 13.

  2. QoT

    @Scott – well, that’s what everyone keeps telling me! I’m reminded of the good old “would you have aborted BEETHOVEN?” anti-abortion thought experiment – I think I just can’t get sympathetic to the kind of reasoning that states our entire civilisation would somehow collapse without the presence of a single person’s artistic work.

  3. Boganette

    If I hear one more TV presenter say ‘had sex with a teenager’ one more time I’m going to explode.

    The word you’re looking for is rape! Grrrr.