Roman Polanski, famed film director and confessed child rapist, has finally been arrested on a 30 year old outstanding warrant. He drugged and raped a 13 year old girl in the 70’s. He was in his mid forties at the time. Now that he has been arrested, it is remarkable to see how many people, including officials in the French government are calling for America to drop the charges.
It was bad enough when Hollywood awarded this sex criminal an Oscar six or seven years ago. Now there are people who think that the LA district attorney is wrong to prosecute the man. I can think of no other reason for this than the fact that Polanski is famous and, I suppose, talented. It’s not my job to judge the guy, but he needs to be held accountable for his crime.
No one is above the law. I fear for us when we place such value on fame – even more value than we do on justice, or the welfare of children. We make idols out of criminals.
Polanski is a French citizen. In general, I like France. But today I feel like joining the Freedom Fries fanatics. Read this gem from the LA Times in which not one but TWO high ranking French officials make royal asses of themselves:
The arrest of Roman Polanski has become an international incident, with France and Poland demanding that the famed director be released on bail and questioning why he was taken into custody.
The Los Angeles County district attorney’s office wants Polanski extradited to face charges that he sexually assaulted a 13-year-old girl 30 years ago.
French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner told France-Inter radio that he and Polish Foreign Minister Radek Sikorski asked Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton that Polanski be released on bail, calling his arrest a “bit sinister.”
French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand was quoted in French media as saying, “In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face.”
France has harbored a child rapist for 30 years, and this guy thinks America is “scary?”