When Franz Kafka wrote “The Metamorphosis” he may have had someone like Roman Polanski in mind. I don’t know much about Swiss justice but why does it take more than twenty minutes to decide that they should send a fugitive from justice back to face the music. He’s not a political prisoner or a dissident, he’s a rapist.
What is even more puzzling to me is why Hollywood liberals would stand behind a pedophile. Maybe they’re afraid to upset the applecart lest other famous deviant directors and producers would not hire them for future projects.
Polanski’s latest film “The Ghost Writer” is having its premier at the Berlin Film Festival and writer Robert Harris would like us to believe that in reference to Polanski legal troubles that, “I never discussed it with him. It was never relevant.” In Mr. Harris’ world the fact that a man has been avoiding justice for thirty years isn’t relevant. In Mr. Harris world the art justifies the means. As long as Polanski keeps grinding out “artistic” films his personal life is of no consequence. Perhaps Mr. Harris is a member of the Leni Riefenstahl Fan Club as well as the Polanski Admiration Society.
The film’s stars Pierce Brosnan and Ewan McGregor have both been busy heaping praise on Polanski as a “maestro” and for having an “… alchemy with the camera.” Mr. Brosnan went on to say that in order to work with Mr. Polanski, “You have to know your onions.” I am not really sure what that means but it tells us two things about Mr. Brosnan, he’s not great with metaphors and he may be a little dense.
Brosnan is the poster boy for the term “limousine liberal.” He claims to have become an American citizen during what he terms “the atrocity of the Bush years” to help his family “endure the hypocrisy and stupidity of the man’s power.”
While Mr. McGregor and Brosnan are entitled to their opinions under what I consider the greatest of our freedoms, the right to be as stupid as you want to be, wouldn’t it be great if just once a Hollywood type would make a stand on principle. Just once it would be nice to hear a respected actor turn down a role in a Polanski film because they didn’t want to be associated with a child rapist. Come to think of it, it would be great if a politian or two would do something based on principle once in awhile too.
It’s too bad for John Wayne Gacy that he didn’t make films instead of doing clown paintings. He could be living in France with the help the Swiss Government and a few Hollywood friends.