Monday, September 28, 2009

The Roman Polanski diversion

Polanski has been 'on the run' for over 30 years, so why after all this time would the U.S. move to have him extradited? They could have done this long ago if they had wanted to.

Maybe he has made a deal? Trading a little media diversion time for his eventual freedom?

Left: Polanski in the 1960s with his wife, Sharon Tate. Bottom right: Samantha Geimer, who was 13 when Polanski had sex with her in 1977. Top right: Jack Nicholson, in whose home the crime occurred. Photo: AFP/AP

With all of the current news of Iran, Israel, Afghanistan and the HR 1207 - audit the Federal Reserve issue being covered up, this is a good opportunity for an old salacious story to become a week long diversion. Polanski will most likely come away from this with a light slap on the wrist and maybe even get to return to the U.S. as a free man before he dies.

As he is jewish, Polanski will get the usual jewish media spin of 'you rascal you' and then be welcomed back and praised for his 'accomplishments.'

Being a 'holocaust' survivor means getting special treatment. He even made a holocaust tale, The Pianist, and with the Manson family/wife Sharon Tate and friends murders thrown into the mix, well, you know that Polanski is not going to be treated as a common pedophile.

Here is one jewish writer, a Mr. Richard Cohen's take on the story that may be typical:
It ought not to matter that Polanski is a Holocaust survivor. (His mother died at Auschwitz.) After all, countless others survived the Holocaust without committing crimes of any sort, especially ones involving moral depravity.
It ought not to matter, either, that in 1969 Polanski’s wife, the actress Sharon Tate, was horrifically murdered by the Manson family when she was eight months pregnant. This, too, does not excuse moral depravity, although it gives one pause. It ought to give one pause. (Polanski underwent a 42-day psychiatric examination following his 1977 arrest.)
And it ought not to matter that Polanski is a gifted artist. In fact, it ought to be held against him. He seduced -- if that can possibly be the word -- the 13-year-old Samantha Geimer with all the power and authority of a 44-year-old movie director who could make her famous. If this did not impress the girl, it must have impressed her mother. She permitted what was supposed to be a photo shoot.

There are two extenuating circumstances in Polanski’s case. The first is time. It has, after all, been over 30 years and Polanski, now 76, has been clean all that time -- no crimes alleged, no crimes convicted. More importantly, his victim pleads his case. Geimer says, more or less, enough is enough. She does not excuse what Polanski did and does not forgive what he has done, but it is time for us all to move on. “He made a terrible mistake, but he’s paid for it,” she said some years back.
Time does not minimize the crime, which in its details is creepy, but jail would no longer serve a purpose. The victim and the victimizer are united -- they both want clemency. The girl is now a woman, and the man is old, spending his dotage making fools of his champions, who cannot distinguish between sexual freedom and sexual assault. Let Polanski go -- but first let me at him.

The Polanski arrest came just a day after the death of Susan Atkins, a Manson family member involved in the Tate murders. In August, Lynette "Squeaky" Fromme, another Manson follower who once pointed a gun at Gerald Ford was released from prison. A coincidence you might say but it is sort of strange.

Could Polanski end up in prison alongside Charlie Manson singing a few old tunes? Nah...

Wasn't Polanski's "Rosemary's Baby" a little overrated anyway, along with the rest of his films?


  1. This took place in California what is their statute of limitations, and what is the charge? Lewd and lascivious behavior with a minor? There should be some interesting diversions running up to the Iran attack. Who knows what will be next stay tuned...

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