Blowing Kisses to Polanski


It’s complicated. He’s a genius. C’mon, it was 30 years ago. She’s forgiven him! He’s 76, for crying out loud!!

You’ve probably heard, somewhere in the news, that director Roman Polanski was arrested in Switzerland this past weekend when he showed up to accept a Lifetime Achievement award at the Zurich Film festival. Why? Well, 30 years ago he pleaded guilty to raping a 13-year-old girl after drugging her with alcohol and Quaaludes. And then he ran away to Europe to hide from being sent up the river.

And now that he’s finally been snagged, Hollywood is all atwitter (and twittering) that somebody still wants this virtuoso director to serve his sentence. Studio chief Harvey Weinstein said, “We are calling every filmmaker we can to help fix this terrible situation.” And they’ve scraped up 130 heavyweights from the industry barrel to sign an online petition urging forgiveness for the decades-old pedophilia. (Including, of all people, Woody Allen—how’s that for hubris?)

They point out that the victim herself (now in her 40s) has forgiven him. Which is great, by the way. Giving forgiveness is a sure way to personal healing. But the woman’s forgiveness is, well, irrelevant. And so is Hollywood’s moral equivalence. Genius does not mean a get out of jail free card.

Some have even suggested that, hey, the man hasn’t been able to step into this country in years, he’s paid the price for his “little mistake.” Thirty years without a Hollywood lunch meeting? Get my heart pills, Martha! The man has suffered.

But, sorry guys, rape is not a little mistake. And it’s not complicated, either. Forcefully drugging and sodomizing a 13-year-old is a repugnant felony.

Do not pass go.

Who wrote this?

Bob Hoose is a senior associate editor for Plugged In, a producer/writer for Focus on the Family’s Adventures in Odyssey, a writer of plays and musicals and one-half of the former comedy/drama duo Custer & Hoose. He is a husband, father of three and a relatively new granddad.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  kady82:

I think it's a travesty that he was at large for so long. It's not like he was in hiding or the law couldn't find him. He was making movies during that time living a very public life. I hope he goes to jail for the rest of his life. That is what he took away from the 13 year old. A life.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  kyle:

I agree. I'm glad that Zurich had the wherewithall to arrest him, even 30 years later.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Mykus:

Yea, I totally agree as well. Facing the consequences of our actions is just a part of life, not something that we can run away from. I love how this illustrates that.

Anonymous More than 1 year ago

Comment by  Superheroine:

Amen. Rape is not a "mistake." As a woman, I find it apalling that it's not prosecuted more harshly than it is; in my opinion, it should be the ultimate hate crime. Alas, you get more time in jail for feeding a cat antifreeze than you do for raping a 13-year-old.