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Hypocrisy Of The Powerful

Frankie Boyle, a British comedian thought it funny to crack jokes about handicapped children, even as a couple sat in his audience who have a child with Down’s Syndrome. But, in fairness, Boyle also went on to make jokes about Jews, which, for some people, is perfectly OK. Over in America, Mel Gibson, who was on the side of Jesus a few years ago, is now once again ranting and raving about his Russian girl friend who he thought was a pig who deserved to be raped by a group from some minority group. Knowing Mel, we would assume he probably didn’t mean a Jewish minority group. A few years ago, Whoopi Goldberg, told an interviewer that while she did not completely approve of the rape by Roman Polanski of a 13 year old girl, “I know it wasn’t gang rape. It was something else, but I don’t believe it was gang rape.” Duh! Just imagine if Roman had raped a thirteen year old black girl! Of course, novelist Robert Harris explains away the entire episode as one that can be understood since in the 1960s men and women were having flings. And, “social mores change all the time.”

The United States last week witnessed a twenty-five year old man assume the role of dispenser of knowledge and wisdom by having an hour long TV special dealing with his decision to leave the Cleveland Cavalier basketball team and head for Miami. LeBron James is so filled with self importance he actually believes no one could go to sleep that night unless he told them how he would get a hundred million dollars! We live in the era of narcissism. After all, who could surpass Tea Party followers in ignorance about American history, let alone economics?

Roman Polanski Freed From Jail

There are times in life when one realizes we inhabit a planet on which rules and laws differ based on who is being charged with violations of them. Roman Polanski raped a terrified 13 year old girl about 35 years ago and today was released from a Swiss jail where he was awaiting extradition to the United States to stand trial for the crime. How does a rapist escape going to prison? The answer is clear. Leave the country where the crime was committed, become a famous movie director or a powerful wealthy businessman, and become friends with powerful people in society. Polanski raped a 13 year old girl whom he had drugged and while having anal intercourse he ignored he pleas of, “no, no.” Years later Polanski boasted to an interviewer, “If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have much appealed to the press… but, fucking young girls.. Judges want to fuck young girls, juries want to fuck young girls, everyone wants to fuck young girls.”

A philosopher like Bernard Henri-Levi came to the defense of the rapist on grounds, “his behavior is not my business. I’m concerned about his movies.” Gee, I wonder what he would say about a Nazi who killed Jews and then became a famous movie director?? Artists, writers, movie stars have rushed to defend the rapist and many have charged that poor Roman is the subject of a lynch mob. The real question is who is sick, the rapist or those defending his actions?

The Polanski Story-Abused Or Abuser?

There is the world of Hollywood and literary figures who wander the world hailed by many as outstanding figures on display. Roman Polanski has long bee a man of distinction due to his films and the literary heavyweights who regard him as a genius. However, many years ago, Mr. Polanski was in Hollywood and one day he drugged a 13 year old girl and then sodomized her. In fear of being convicted, Polanski fled for his life to the security of Europe and hoped his past was in the past.

Out of the blue while Polanski was in Zurich to receive a film award, the police swooped down and arrested him based on a warrant issued by the US Justice Department. French Foreign Minister denounced the arrest as “sinister” as though there was some plot in America to get the man who, most probably, is unknown to 90% of the population. The Swiss Association of Directors said arresting Polanski was a “grotesque judicial farce and a monstrous cultural scandal.”

But, leave it to Irina Bokova, new head of UNESCO for uttering the coup de grace to this event: She blathered, “even though I am not aware of any details, this is shocking.” What does she say when she knows details?