Roman Polanski and the rationalization of morality

Last week Roman Polanski was arrested by the Swiss at the behest of the LA district attorney on 32 year old charges for raping a 13 year old in 1977. Polanski initially plead guilty but absconded to France.

What has puzzled me is the chorus of his supporters, most notably to me is Whoppi Goldberg who states that it really "wasn't rape-rape". So all this talk about her being a feminist now baffles me. ...We've had Woody Allen, of all people, other famous film directors and actresses signing a petition demanding "the immediate release of Roman Polanski''. The actress Debra Winger, the president of the film event, described the arrest as "philistine".

In France, where Polanski has lived for 30 years, the Foreign Minister, Bernard Kouchner, described his arrest as "sinister" and the Culture Minister, Frederic Mitterrand, said: "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.''

Back in the land of the casting couch, the Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein issued a statement: "Whatever you think of the so-called crime, Polanski has served his time.''
more from the Brisbane Australia Times.

Local radio too surprised me. It boiled down to an approval of sex with a 13 year old. I guess that is what we have become enablers. I can not remain silent. Silence implies consent.

Working in a prison where several of my case load are pedophiles. They all have the same thought, being "I have spent my time." The major problem is they are only serving time for the crimes that they were caught in*. An example is, one of my former case load, was serving a 4 year term for indecent liberties. He was married, had two sons, a loving (idolizing) wife, mother and father and a preacher. He had convinced them that he was only guilty of the indecent liberties. Unfortunately he had sexually molested 100's of boys. He was charged by the federal court for maintaining child pornography, and transmitting pornography over state lines via an electrical device, (his computer).

Perhaps Roman Polanski is guilty of raping a 13 year old girl or that is the only one he has been charged with.

The rape victim who now wants the charges to be nullified is not the aggrieved party in this drama. The aggrieved party is the State of California. Justice will be served when Polanski is serving time. This is justice not vengeance.

Dieu le Roy!

*It is a common thought by inmates that any crime they where not tried for (or got away with) they have no guilt in.

1 comment:

elena maria vidal said...

Thanks for your insights, Richard, which shed extra light as usual.