What is Wrong with Hollywood?

roman_polanski_372x280Here is a scenario. A 42-year-old man lures a 13-year-old girl to a friend’s home. They get in the hot tub together. He provides her with champagne and a Quaalude. He then takes her to the bedroom and performs oral sex on her. He penetrates her and upon finding out she is not taking birth control pills, he turns her over and anally penetrates her. The entire time, she is protesting.

If that is not rape I don’t know what is.

Yet over 100 show-business types have signed a petition demanding for the release of Roman Polanski, who admitted to everything above, struck a plea bargain in 1976, and then fled the country when he heard the judge was not going to stick to the terms of the please bargain. For over 30 years he has been living in France, has married and continued to make movies…until last week when he was apprehended at the Zurich Film Festival and is being threatened with extradition.

Being an artist does not excuse anyone from despicable behavior. If Roman Polanski had been the custodian at a school, a sanitation worker, or an accountant, no one would be demanding his release. Why are people doing so now?

Some shockingly notable people have signed this petition…people whose movies I have seen and I have admired.

Oscar-winning actress Debra Winger expressed more concern about the bad publicity for the Zurich Film Festival than the fact that Polanski is a rapist and, by definition, a pedophile.

Whoopie Goldberg embarked on a confusing diatribe on the definition of rape, claiming what Polanski did to this young girl was not “rape-rape”. I myself am not sure what “rape-rape” is or how it differs from regular “rape”, but may I suggest that The View book a number of “rape” and “rape-rape” victims to help us sort this whole mess out?

There are a minority of notable celebrities who have taken a stand against Mr. Polanski, including Kirstie Alley, Salma Hayek, Luc Besson (admittedly a friend of Polanski’s but stating that he is not above the law), and Chris Rock.

Most of Hollywood, however, have chosen to remain silent and let the chips fall where they may. I wonder how many would allow Roman Polanski to babysit their daughters.

Sandra Duffy

SMW Contributor