The reactions from Hollywood to the arrest of Roman Polanski for raping a 13 year old girl and then fleeing sentencing are some of the saddest, stupidest, most appalling, and occasionally downright funny, I’ve ever read.
Sad and stupid: Whoopi Goldberg: It wasn’t rape, rape. Oh, sorry, my bad, I didn’t know that there was a rape that was OK and a rape that was bad. Thanks for filling me in, Whoopi.
Sad and appalling: Debra Winger: (L. A. Times quote) “the whole art world suffers” in such arrests. I am so sorry that the whole art world has to suffer because Mr. Polanski was arrested for fleeing sentencing. Oops, I forgot that Hollywood artists don’t have to adhere to the same legal code as the rest of us. Thanks for pointing that out for me, Debra.
No comment: Woody Allen (famous Hollywood writer and director) signed a petition for Mr. Polanski’s immediate release. This is the guy who dumped his girlfriend (Mia Farrow) for her daughter. His defense: The heart wants what it wants. Woody Allen is a good guy to go to for instruction on morality.
Sad, appalling, and downright laughable: Harvey Weinstein, erstwhile Hollywood director and producer (not to mention arbiter of all things moral): “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.”
Wow! Thank you so much for cluing me in, Mr. Weinstein, and I thought Hollywood was only a cesspool. Little did I know.