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Another Inglourious Basterd: Roman Polanski

Harvey Weinstein, whose company co-released (with Universal) “Inglourious Basterds,” a film written and directed by Quentin Tarantino, now weighs in on the Roman Polanski matter … 

According to CNN News

“In the United States, powerhouse movie producer Harvey Weinstein is trying to recruit more supporters for Polanksi.”

"’We are calling every filmmaker we can to help fix this terrible situation,’ his company told CNN in a statement.”

Polanski’s terrible situation …

Polanski, a well-known, well-respected, wealthy and well-represented movie director allegedly raped a 13-year old girl using alcohol and drugs during a pre-arranged photo shoot at Jack Nicholson’s house. 

As with all “terrible situations” involving wealthy people, the victim was compensated and the records of the settlement hidden behind confidentiality agreements. As a result of a now uncooperative witness, Polanski was apparently allowed to plead down the charges of raping a thirteen year-old girl under the influence of Polanski-supplied alcohol and drugs to “unlawful sexual intercourse.” He was jailed for 42-days while he underwent a psychiatric evaluation. Facing sentencing by a Judge who was said to be considering a harsher penalty (in light of scathing public opinion) than that agreed to in a plea bargain, Polanski unlawfully fled the United States and took up residence in France.

Unfortunately, after 30-years on the lam, Polanski announced that he would be accepting a film festival award in Switzerland which has an extradition treaty with the United States. The Los Angles District Attorney, acting through the U.S. State Department, sought an extradition warrant to be served in Switzerland. Polanski is now jailed in Switzerland awaiting an extradition hearing.

Polanski’s fate is an ongoing affair …

According to Swiss authorities, Roman Polanski has filed an appeal against his extradition to the United States, expected to be heard by Swiss authorities within the next few weeks.

Polanski, a wealthy man highly regarded in the international film community, has reportedly engaged the services of Reid Weingarten who is a close friend and associate of United States Attorney General Eric Holder; possibly to see if the extradition can be quashed at the federal level so Polanski can return to France. Or perhaps they are seeking to prepare a defense against an additional federal charge arising from the crossing of state lines and U.S. boundaries in his flight to avoid arrest and prosecution?

“He’s Brilliant:” Hollywood’s defense of a rapist …

Often characterized by shallow-minded democrat limousine liberals whose operational “don’t do as I do, do as I say” philosophy seems to permeate today’s political thinking, one can wonder why Hollywood would support a man who raped a thirteen year-old girl?

  • Perhaps for the same reason they supported Teddy Kennedy, a drunk lecher who left an innocent girl to die horribly, suffocating in a submerged car awaiting the help that never came – while Kennedy sobered up and contemplated his political future in the company of high-powered advisers?
  • Perhaps, based on political correctness?
  • Perhaps based on the “For the grace of God, there go I” theory?
  • Perhaps because Hollywood is basically an immoral jungle of predators who regard sex, drugs and young women as just another job perk?
  • Perhaps just as another self-serving publicity stunt to further cement their credentials and relationships with other powerful people?
  • Or perhaps based on pity that the perpetrator had a notably bad experience previously in his life. Something which would be consistent with their defense of stone-cold cop killers and other assorted criminals.

Whatever the personal or professional reasons, Polanski’s supporters have proven beyond a shadow of a doubt that they are morally bankrupt – something which should be remembered when they weigh in on other political legislation.

What should happen …

If Polanski was treated as a normal person, he would be facing a long jail term and the need to register as a convicted sex offender for the rest of their life. But this is not a normal person – but a rich celebrity of note. Obviously, at least in the minds of his colleagues, a brilliant man who has suffered greatly – having been cut off from the Hollywood mainstream parties, award ceremonies and hoopla for 30 or so years.

The individual celebrities who have come out to support Polanski should now be viewed in a new light. Now we know why they are liberal democrats – because they eschew family values and personal accountability, often while spinning even outlandish events to their own benefit.

And the mainstream media game continues while they ignore other significant world events which will affect us all. Without shame or apology, they further the cult of celebrity which is driving society further toward the abyss.

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-- steve


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