September 30, 2009

Hollywood's priorities

WTF is wrong with Hollywood? Crap like this:

Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar and Martin Scorsese have "demanded the immediate release" of fellow filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was arrested in Switzerland on a U.S. arrest warrant related to a 1977 childsex charge.

They were among 138 people in the film industry who signed a petition against the arrest.

Polanski was on the way to the Zurich Film Festival when Swiss police detained him in response to the American warrant.

The filmmaker pleaded guilty in 1977 to having unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor but fled before he could be sentenced. He settled in France, where he holds citizenship. Investigators in the United States say Polanski, then 43, drugged and raped a 13-year-old girl.

Here's the entire list. Not too many names on there that I recognize (there appear to be many French names), but here's a few: Salman "Satantic Verses" Rushdie? Michael "Transformers" Mann? David "Twin Peaks" Lynch?

Whoopi Goldberg said yesterday that what Polanski did "wasn't rape-rape." Whaaaa ...?

Anyone recall how Hollywood reacted when Elia Kazan got a long-overdue [honorary] Oscar in 1999? All he did was cooperate with the government in outing known Communists within the industry. That made him a pariah in Tinseltown for the rest of his life, but Polanski raping a 13 year-old wins him instant sympathy against prosecution.

Wonderful.

Posted by Hube at September 30, 2009 04:38 PM | TrackBack

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Two thoughts on this:
1) I approve of this petition being signed by celebrities. It lets me know whose work to avoid in the future. I'll never see a Scorsese movie again!

2) I wonder if we could build up a "Liberal price list":
- Forgiveness for allowing a girl to drown in your car requires a lifetime of service as a liberal Senator
- Shooting a cop execution style requires merely to be a passable poet (Apparently intentional cop killing is a lesser sin than killing a random girl.)
- Drugging and raping a 13-year old girl means making some good movies. (If the Catholic Church had known about this, we could have avoided millions of dollars in legal settlements.)

Can we get some liberals to let us the "penalties" for other crimes? I'd like to see what it cost me to do some stuff that's best kept in my imagination.

Posted by: Paul Smith at September 30, 2009 05:02 PM

Woody Allen signing the petition at least makes sense. How could he not want to support Polanski?

Posted by: steve Newton at September 30, 2009 07:11 PM

Yes! Obviously Woody Allen supports Polanski. He had an unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor too! I think itīs a really unpleasent matter. She was only a child!!

Posted by: Carmen Amor at October 1, 2009 09:55 AM

Michael Bay made "Transformers". Michael Mann made Miami Vice, Heat, and some other stuff.

Posted by: Nels at October 1, 2009 11:29 AM

Absolutely right, Nels! Thanks!

Posted by: Hube at October 1, 2009 12:49 PM