Sgt. Friday schools Mr. Polanski

3 10 2009

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I’d resisted writing anything about the Roman Polanski situation because thinking about him makes me physically ill. Still, the only thing worse than what that man did is the so-called Hollywood elite riding to his defense. Harvey Weinstein — a man well known for the ethical and above reproach way he conducts his business — launched this little gem (as quoted in the LA Times).

“In an interview, Weinstein said that people generally misunderstand what happened to Polanski at sentencing. He’s not convinced public opinion is running against the filmmaker and dismisses the categorization of Hollywood as amoral. “Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion,” Weinstein said. “We were the people who did the fundraising telethon for the victims of 9/11. We were there for the victims of Katrina and any world catastrophe.””

Oh yeah. When disaster hits, we can count on Hollywood to boldly rearrange their schedules and show up for a well-lit photo-op. Thanks guys. Don’t know how we did it without you.

As for Polanski himself, here’s a little thought experiment:

In a parallel universe, Father Roman Polanski of the Los Angeles diocese drugs and anally rapes a 13-year old altar boy. He then flees to Europe before sentencing where the powerful Catholic Church proceeds to shuffle him from parish to parish to keep him away from the law. All other facts of the case remain the same.

In 2009, he’s arrested at a Catholic Bishop’s conference in Switzerland.

Are we still defending him?

Where is Jack Webb when we really need him?