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?