Polanski for beginners

Today’s story from AFP – so probably picked up by most news outlets in the Western world: Polanski breaks his silence on sex case.

For starters, would it be described as a “sex scandal” if it involved convicted pedophile Dennis Ferguson, rather than movie darling Roman Polanski? And while I’m here, can journalists please stop calling the child abuse cases linked to the Church a “sex scandal”. A sex scandal is what Tiger Woods got himself into. A religious leader sexually abusing children in his care is NOT a sex scandal.

”I can remain silent no longer because the California court has dismissed the victim’s numerous requests that proceedings against me be dropped, once and for all, to spare her from further harassment every time this affair is raised once more,” Polanski wrote.

Ohhh, so your only concern is for your victim? Excuse me if I don’t believe a fucking word of it.

Polanski is alleged to have plied a 13-year-old girl with champagne and drugs during a photo shoot at the Hollywood Hills home of his friend, the actor Jack Nicholson, before having sex with her despite her protests.

“Having sex with her despite her protests”? That’s called rape. And I wonder if using the word “champagne” rather than “alcohol” is to imply that it was classy? Hey, she got champagne, in Jack Nicholson’s house, she should shut the fuck up about calling it rape, because clearly it was romantic. I won’t link to it here because it’s awful, but I’ve read the testimony the girl gave and it’s brutal. It also includes anal rape. So it’s not like they were getting hot and heavy and he was charged on a technicality because she was underaged. He pleaded guilty and then did a runner, to live the next 33 years in freedom. Ok, so he wasn’t able to go back to the US, but big deal. A friend of mine was kicked out of the US for breaking into the booze cupboard on a cruise ship and getting hammered. She can’t go back to the US either, and she didn’t rape any children.

The Paris-based filmmaker said he had been forced to mortgage the apartment which has been his home for more than 30 years to meet his legal costs. ”I am far from my family and unable to work,” said the director, who completed work on his latest movie, The Ghost Writer, in his chalet in the Swiss ski resort of Gstaad, where he has been confined since being released from custody on December 4.

Oh, poor fucking diddums.

15 responses to “Polanski for beginners

  1. giving due props to K….. “oh no, are your diamond shoes too tight?”

  2. I’m surprised he didn’t mention something about being cruelly prevented from visiting Sharon Tate’s grave YES THAT’S RIGHT the one that got murdered, you know, by that really crazy dude, oh yes, everyone feel sorry for meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee even if I think it’s cool to rape underage women.

    lay off the gear, mate, you’d clearly have to be high to believe that bullshit, even if it were your own.

  3. Yeah, I read that yesterday, and my only thought was “Ummm, shut up, douche.”

    Seriously, quit your whining. God.

  4. Spot on! Couldn’t agree more.

    I’ve read the testimony too and I can’t understand how anyone could call it a ‘sex scandal’, ‘sex case’ or ‘underage sex’. It was clearly rape. She could have died too. The testimony is beyond horrific.

    He’s a child rapist pure and simple.

    On a slightly related note – I really fucking hate it when rapists, paedophiles and/or men/women who sexually harass or assault men/women are called ‘sex pests’. I have a brain-explosion everytime I see the term ‘sex pest’ in print or online.

  5. Was that the ‘it’s not rape if you yell surprise’ group? It wouldn’t surprise me. Just had to de-friend a ‘friend’ on Facebook who joined a group called ‘snorting coke and murdering sluts’. The groups of FB shit me on a fairly regular basis. And I report each one but nothing happens.

  6. It’s not “Improper touching” by Catholic priests its fucking rape.

    • Exactly. And sexual assault if there’s no penetration. If “touching” is the what someone wants to call it, then “illegal sexual touching of a minor” would be better.

  7. He can remain silent no longer? As if his silence up til now is somehow noble? As if his breaking that noble silence is even nobler because it’s going to prevent his victim from being harassed by the real baddies, the courts?

    You’d think in these last several decades that he’s had to reflect on his crime that he might have done a bit of research on the issue of rape. Then he would know the reasons that make victims choose to not report, not press charges, not go to court, drop charges etc. Because they are the ones who carry the shame and the stigma, not the perps! What a piece of utterly entitled shite he is.

    Anyone recall the reference to him in the movie Hard Candy? That was sweet!

  8. Well quite Linda and actually I don’t think he has been silent on the subject he has been consistently whining for 20 years about his ‘exile’. Don’t most yanks dream of living in Paris and Zurich and London and receiving world wide industry recognition and respect. What also rubs my rhubarb about all this is the support for him from all arty movie types…….they wouldn’t give him that deference, love and support and forgive his ‘transgressions’ if he had made Ace Ventura, Pet Detective!

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