Thursday, October 01, 2009

Roman Polanski Update

Cancel that bit of commentary about the lack of feminist outrage from this post – Here's Susan Estrich:

The reason to keep him in prison for far more than one day is that he's a rapist who fled from justice. Actually, that's two reasons, and each is sufficient.

Roman the Rapist pleaded guilty. This is not one of those stories where you need to insert an 'alleged' or a 'purported' before each sentence. This is not a "he said-she said." He was in his 40s. She was 13. He was a famous director. She was a child. He lied, lured and plied her with drugs and alcohol.”

Also note this bit from the LA Times:

Melissa Silverstein, who runs the feminist movie blog Women & Hollywood and does online marketing for films aimed at women, was angered by the industry's reaction to Polanski's arrest and found the silence of disapproval 'deafening.'

'I think people are afraid to talk in Hollywood. They are afraid about their next job,' she said. 'I don't know where the women of Hollywood are. This is an opportunity for them to stand up for their daughters.'”

There are some interesting political implications developing here; on the one hand, you folks who are likely major financial supporters of the Democratic Party singing petitions supporting Polanski. This is effectively a list of Hollywood elite who are signing on to “We Support Drugging and Raping Chilren – As Long As We're The Only Ones Who Do It” petition, vs. The LA District Attorney's office and the Obama Administration. If this gets bungled, and Polanski is perceived to get off the hook because of his fame, money, and connections, and the Administration is perceived as either not caring or bungling, the “Obama Administration Protects Child Rapists” ads practically write themselves.