Monday, September 28, 2009

The U.S. gets their man...even if it takes 3 decades and Switzerland

I really don't know what to make of the whole Roman Polanski thing. You know, the one where he pretty much admitted to having sex with a 13-year-old girl while in his 40s and then, after he got convicted, he fled to France before he could be sentenced...only to keep making movies and win an Oscar for The Pianist. On the one hand...Hey there, rapist, you f**king suck. On the other....well if you haven't heard about his arrest and trial 32 years ago, you should really check out just how weird and terrible the whole madness was. More importantly, because the whole ordeal was so badly botched, the girl (now 45 herself) just wants to be left alone, going so far as to ask for the charges to be dropped (which they can't be because he's already been convicted). It's a total clusterfrak; justice wasn't served then, and it likely still won't be now that the 73-year old was taken into custody. What happened was that the U.S. sweet talked Switzerland, long thought to be peaceful and cool, into flipping Polanski by cuffing him and detaining him as he was given a lifetime achievement award. So, he's going to be shipped back stateside, to the dismay of the girl who he harmed. He's 73 and it's not like he's been going around doing terrible things since then (or has he, I don't really know). Then again, a dude convicted of rape shouldn't be able to keep cranking out Oscar winners. So, I really don't know what side to come down. Yay for indifference. I hope, for the victim, this is just the end of it. Let's all agree on that much.

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