Why Does Hollywood Continue to Defend Roman Polanski?

 This morning I saw Debra Winger on the Today Show defending the admitted rapist Roman Polanski. She like so many in the Hollywood community believe this is ancient history and he should not face further prosecution. Now why are they so forgiving of him? He has admitted that he slept with a 13 year old. There seems to be a real disconnect here. I think because the victim is now a grown woman people can not see the heinousness of his act. As a mother of a 13 year old girl I would have been hard pressed to let the legal system handle this matter. On The View yesterday the ladies say that the victim’s mother was present in the home when he had sex with the child. So they contend that could be a mitigating circumstance. They even said the mother might also be culpable. That might be true but we know he did and he needs to pay. Some people have been in prison for 30 years for raping a child whereas this guy has been living the life of a jet-setting director for the past 30 years. The other thing that is so ironic about this case is the fact that Polanski admitted his misdeed and Michael Jackson who never admitted guilt and also was never convicted of any crime was vilified until his dying day, but this guy received an Academy Award for best director in 2002, and Harrison Ford hand delivered it to him. The victim has forgiven him and that is wonderful but he still needs to answer for his crime.

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  • Vawnews  On September 29, 2009 at 6:25 pm

    Everyone needs to blame someone and in that we live in a patriarchal society, the simplest target is the woman-victim, and any other woman “involved.” It’s also called shifting the focus and Randi James illustrates it every now and then on her site.

  • Marney  On September 30, 2009 at 4:23 am

    I agree. Not only did he sleep with a 13 year old girl, but he was already in his 40’s when it happened. There is truth to the fact that the judge in the case, now deceased, was perhaps guilty of some wrong doing. But the wrong doing he was accused of was that he planned to reneg on the plea bargain and sentence Polanski to a much longer term. That’s why he fled. But I say, so what?

    In that time, he enjoyed a life of luxury. He needs to serve his time. I don’t care if the victim was screaming that she wanted it while wearing nothing but pasties and a g-string. You CANNOT HAVE SEX with a 13 year old girl. Period. If my 21 year old nephew did it, he’d be in jail. But when 40-something year old Roman Polanski did it, he got a free ticket overseas, a lucrative career, an academy award and the non-stop praise of Hollywood.

    Something is not right in the city of angels.

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