Cry me a river. Roman Polanski “can remain silent no more” and has issued an over-the-top self-indulgent statement begging the Swiss authorities not to extradite him to California because, he claims his original sentence coincided with the forty-two days he spent in jail in Chino, California 33 years ago, and the fact that the judge later changed his mind and decided the sentence should be longer isn’t fair. Also, he’s terribly concerned with how this is hurting his poor victim. And, oh, several other bullshit reasons that made me nauseous. For an iron-stomach breakdown of the legal absurdities, check out the Jezebel article.
What I want to talk about is: this man is seriously disturbed. I’m not saying that casually. It takes a special sort of mind to… well, let’s tally up for the record the things Roman Polanski and his apologists (you know his pals don’t discuss him on camera without clearing it with his “people” first) have asked us to believe over the years (most were originally covered at this link):
- The rape was consensual.
- It’s all because America’s so prudish! In Europe, you can drug and rape thirteen year old girls until the cows come home and everyone understands, that’s just life.
- You know you want to rape little girls too.
- Because he survived the Holocaust and Manson’s Family killed his wife, Sharon Tate, those tragedies should be, like, pay-it-forward punishment for crimes he committed later.
- If he’d just killed somebody, there would be less publicity. Like, you know, the little known murder of Sharon Tate and her friends by Charles Manson’s “family.”
- He’s really really concerned about how this is hurting Samantha Geimer.
- 42 days in prison is plenty of jailtime for someone who drugs, rapes and sodomizes children.
- It wasn’t “rape-rape,” therefore it doesn’t count. (If I just shoot somebody once and they die quickly and painlessly, is it not really murder-murder?)
- Everyone’s out to get him. In fact, he’s the real victim here!
- Living in Switzerland, making movies, earning millions and getting awards for thirty some years has been hell. Really, no one deserves punishment on top of that!
The absurdity level here is toxic.
Here’s an example of an actual miscarriage of justice. Dallas, Texas examined DNA evidence from forty rape convictions a couple of years ago and found eighteen of the convictions to be unsound. Some of these men were in prison for decades, but that’s okay because they’re mostly poor and/or African-American and they weren’t important film directors or anything like you. And I’m sure they were untalented and had perfect childhoods, because hey, no one’s as talented and tragic as Roman Polanski.
What makes me sick to my stomach is that Polanski’s talking about his unserved sentence for a crime he did commit in terms more appropriate to describe the many people serving sentences for crimes they didn’t commit.
And he has the nerve to refer to Samatha Geimer as “the victim” in requesting on her behalf that California drop the charges against him:
I can remain silent no longer because the California court has dismissed the victim’s numerous requests that proceedings against me be dropped, once and for all, to spare her from further harassment every time this affair is raised once more.
I began covering this with the assumption that Polanski was guilty since he never really said he wasn’t, but I didn’t think too much about the man behind the crime at first. Polanski has since revealed him to be one of the biggest, most weasely assholes on the face of this little planet. Before, I wanted justice. Now I want him fed to wild dogs. Either his PR handlers are incompetent beyond belief, or they’re really working for the L.A. District Attorney’s office.