Roman Polanski, the visionary director of such films as Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion was arrested in Switzerland when he visited the...

Roman Polanski Arrested


Roman Polanski, the visionary director of such films as Rosemary's Baby and Repulsion was arrested in Switzerland when he visited the country to receive lifetime achievement award at the Zurich film festival. Some are outraged by the action of the Swiss government against Polanski who has had a house in the country for over twelve years. There has been speculation that the arrest was the result of a sinister plot between the US and Switzerland: Polanski in exchange for leniency in cases of US tax fraud involving Swiss banks.

As I mentioned in my comments on Pax Romano’s blog (Where'd You Get them Eyes?) there is a sexual double standard being applied Polanski’s crime versus the very similar case of Victor Salva, who was also accused of molesting an underage child. The crucial difference between the two indiscretions lies in the gender of the victim. Polanski drugged and raped a 14-year-old girl while Salva molested a 12-year-old boy on video tape.

I find it odd that people are more likely to forgive a heterosexual man for raping an adolescent girl while the homosexual implications of Salva’s crime have made him a leper in the film business. By the same token, Polanski’s achievements have been cited as reason enough to exonerate him, while Salva’s work has always been haunted by the molestation.

The biggest difference between these two directors could be that Salva did his time and maybe it's time for Polanski to do his.


4 comments:

  1. I was wondering what your take on this would be. Well said (as always).

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  2. I wholeheartedly agree. I just don't understand how "Hollywood" has apparently decided to accept what he did as okay simply because he made some good movies. Shameful, in my opinion. And yes, running away from his crime has a lot to do with my thoughts on the matter.

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  4. He should have owned up to it and did his time. I hate that just because he's an effing good director that means we should excuse his behavior.

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