It seems as if all of Hollywood is rushing to the cameras and their Twitter accounts to express shock and outrage at the behavior of Harvey Weinstein and the general atmosphere of sexual exploitation in Hollywood. But as this article reminds us, their dismay seems a bit disingenuous, considering many of these outspoken crusaders were the very same people who gave an Oscar and a standing ovation to Roman Polanski, a director who fled the US to evade punishment for drugging and sodomizing a 13-year-old girl.
You might recall, at the time, Whoopi Goldberg (whom I like and admire, even if we greatly disagree on most issues, especially this one) suggested that it wasn’t “’rape’-rape” (to be precise, you might prefer calling it “child rape,” but that’s hardly better.) And as the linked story notes, actresses Natalie Portman, Tilda Swinton and Emma Thompson were among those who signed a petition urging Switzerland not to extradite Polanski to the US to face justice. Thompson, who just spoke out against Weinstein, was asked about that and admitted she signed it “without really thinking about it...I had been absolutely bamboozled by my respect for his art.” Seriously? I think if you'd let someone's talent at making a movie blind you to his crimes of child rape, you probably shouldn't be lecturing anyone else about morality.
Maybe if she had thought about it, she would have smelled a rat when the leader of the petition drive called his admitted act of child rape a “so-called crime.” And guess who was the leader of that petition drive? Here’s a clue: his initials are “H.W.”
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