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Filmmakers behaving badly

Leading film-makers join calls for Polanski's release

His arrest follows an American arrest warrant dating from 1978 against the filmmaker, in a case of morals.

Film-makers in France, in Europe, in the United States and around the world are dismayed by this decision. It seems inadmissible to them that an international cultural event, paying homage to one of the greatest contemporary film-makers, is used by the police to apprehend him.

Gee, I wonder why people think the entertainment industry is arrogant, entitled, and out of touch with reality? Maybe because a slew of its bigwigs can claim, with straight faces, that being honored at a film festival should confer diplomatic frelling immunity?

And that's leaving entirely aside the part where they characterize the drugging and rape of a 13-year-old girl as "a case of morals." Because if I don't leave it aside, I'll be incapable of anything but incoherent spluttering.

I'm so embarrassed for my industry right now.


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Sep. 29th, 2009 11:29 am (UTC)
I'm still gutted over his untimely death, but I'm very glad I don't have to find out which side of this Anthony Minghella would have come down on.

Sep. 29th, 2009 11:41 am (UTC)
I'm disappointed by a couple of the names listed, but not surprised.

Actions have consequences, even for great artists.

And I just really processed what a huge insult this is to people who attend cultural events under the threat of genuine political persecution. There's a VAST chasm between that and someone convicted of a felony through due process.
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Sep. 29th, 2009 11:45 am (UTC)
It's very easy for some people to excuse a person's excesses if their "genius" is sufficiently great. I don't think that genius in any way excuses criminal behavior, and calling this "a morals case" completely undercuts the absolute seriousness of what he did. I'm shocked.
Sep. 29th, 2009 11:53 am (UTC)
There are so many things wrong with the statement, I don't even know where to begin.
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Sep. 29th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Part of me really wants a list on the other side

All of me wants that. It doesn't have to be a slam, just a clear dissent. I'm verging on physically sick that this statement is all that's out there representing the industry right now.
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Sep. 29th, 2009 11:59 am (UTC)
Yeah, losing touch with reality is a real danger all over the place.

Is it wrong to take an attitude of "a pox on all of them"? Except for the victim, who, from the few reports I've seen, has apparently chosen to forgive?

(Maybe it's the lawyer in me, but I can't help looking it from a clinical legal mechanics perspective, maybe to distance myself from the horror of the underlying crime. Leaving aside the underlying crime, the authorities probably screwed up by offering a plea bargain to a drastically reduced charge, and once that bargain was accepted, the judge in the case probably screwed up by changing the terms of the bargain after the fact.)

(Sorry to yammer in your space.)
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Sep. 29th, 2009 12:26 pm (UTC)
I was reading about this on the way home. O_o
Sep. 29th, 2009 12:37 pm (UTC)
I'm wondering what part of 13-year-old girl they just don't get. There is no way to excuse what Polanski did. Anybody who thinks there are mitigating circumstances is a moral cripple.
Sep. 29th, 2009 12:38 pm (UTC)
:: splutters incoherently in agreement ::
Sep. 29th, 2009 12:51 pm (UTC)
I have zero sympathy for Polanski.

The only person I'm listening to here is the victim herself. She's spoken up and asked that the government stop and let it end, already. I can't imagine what it must be like to never ever be able to move past something like this because it keeps coming back up again and again.
Sep. 29th, 2009 12:54 pm (UTC)
This, I totally get. And I'm torn, because even so, I think he should face the music for fleeing. But that also keeps it in the press and in her face, so it's a mess.
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Sep. 29th, 2009 01:25 pm (UTC)
Yeah, what I've been getting from this is that as long as you're super special, it doesn't matter what you do.
Sep. 29th, 2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
I was outraged when I read the NYT article about this. After a rush of French politians urged his release, calmer heads prevailed and admonished those who would seek to help a convicted child rapist. No one's occupation makes them special enough to commit criminal acts, esp. against children without repurcussion. I'm outraged at those who think that's just fine in your industry as well.
Sep. 29th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
This whole thing (his actions re: drugging/raping a MINOR; then fleeing the sickens me. I don't get that people are sticking up for the artistic son of a bitch.

Was poking through my twitter friends posts on it. Actress @beth_chamberlin was also tweeting such annoyance yesterday. Beth's great and oft times really funny.
Sep. 29th, 2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
Thanks! I've decided to collect industry tweets/posts/whatever NOT defending him. Not sure what I'm going to do with them, but if nothing else they make me feel a little better.
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Sep. 29th, 2009 03:24 pm (UTC)
Y'know, I really don't have a problem with the detachment thing. Your personal investment is in his work, and as such, it is inconvenient.

Actions have consequences. Consequences are by definition inconvenient. He created the inconvenience for everyone else, and he needs to own that.

What makes me froth at mouth about the petition is their attempt to frame that inconvenience as some kind of unconscionable abuse of power. Making him the victim, and trying to say that it threatens the safe space the film community has legitimately worked to create for members facing the threat of real persecution, manages to monumentally insult a pretty impressive collection of people/groups all at the same time.
Sep. 29th, 2009 06:23 pm (UTC)
I was so disappointed to see Debra Winger standing in front of a lectern yesterday, declaring how wrong she thought the Swiss were for arresting Polanski. No, Debra, NO.

And how dare everyone now try to paint Polanski as the victim?! The perpetrator cannot -- ever -- be the victim, period.
Sep. 29th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
She doesn't surprise me either, unfortunately. I can't remember specifics now, but I know I've seen several statements from her over the years that I disagreed with enough to think she's pretty batshit I don't care for how she sees the world.

I need to track down whether Whoopi Goldberg actually said "It wasn't rape rape" as I've seen quoted in a couple places. I really, really hope it's a misquote, because she's always seemed so sensible. I've respected her as a person, not just a performer.

Edited at 2009-09-29 10:46 pm (UTC)
Sep. 29th, 2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
To quote director Kevin Smith (via his twitter account): "Do the crime, do the time."

Sep. 30th, 2009 12:25 am (UTC)
on your divababble blogspot post
I was going to post this on blogspot, but the "prove you're human" graphic didn't display, so I couldn't. Luckily, I knew to just copy and paste:

Thank you for beginning a list of people with a rational perspective on this situation, and also for pointing out clearly and simply the inappropriateness of implying that a violent crime against a child is in some way comparable to a "thought crime" under a repressive regime.
Sep. 30th, 2009 07:09 am (UTC)
Re: on your divababble blogspot post
You're welcome, and thank you!

If you run into that problem on Blogspot again, let me know. I'll gripe to them.
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