Tuesday, September 29, 2009

In my day, we would have called Roman Polanski a dirty old man

No matter how great an artist--which I do not for a moment concede--the guy is a first class criminal.

And . . . how would Whoopi Goldberg feel if Polanski had been a priest? Would she still see it more as a seduction than as a “rape-rape”

A couple of years ago, I saw an exhibit of Hitler's artwork at the Williams College Museum. At the entrance to the exhibit there was a sign which said in essence that because Hitler had artistic talent you would believe he would be a fine, idealistic, humanitarian fellow, wouldn't you?

No, Virginia, I wouldn't. There have been lots of persons with artistic or literary talent who were slimeballs. Jean-Jacques Rousseau, the famous philosopher, who abandoned his newborn babies on church steps, springs to mind. I guess they didn't have late term abortion in France in those days.

Plenty of others come to my mind, and no doubt to yours. My point is that talent and good character don't necessarily have anything to do with each other. But the enlightened thinkers of our day think artistic talent excuses anything.

Remember Jack Henry Abbott, an inmate who Norman Mailer sprang from jail on the grounds that he was a writer? Within a couple of days of his release he killed an innocent man. His book wasn't even that good, either.

Whoopi Goldberg is, of course, the sage who believes that steel cannot melt and therefore 9/11 was an inside job. Well, no-one could consider her talented, so she'd better abide by the law of the land.


Anonymous said...

Not quite.
Maximum what dirty old men do - they pinch some young cheeks (pun intended).
Not mix champagne with drugs, then have varied intercourse with 13yo kid despite her protestations in a home of fellow "creative soul".

Then in return for lowered sentence admit the lesser charge - thinking "everyone wants to fuck young girls" (quote verbatim) - and that he's going to get a slap on the hand, or maybe an Oscar.

Dirty old men read Playboy and giggle. Polanski is a pedophile and manipulator of children.

CGHill said...

What she said.

And actually, it was Rosie O'Donnell, who ties with the Whoopstress for cluelessness, who made all that fuss about steel and fire. (Google it.)

miriam sawyer said...

I stand corrected. Polanski should be regarded as a rapist, not an "artist."

Rosie, Whoopi, what's the difference? A little pigment here, a little fat there.... Stupid overrides all.

airforcewife said...

Pedophile, absolutely. Sickening.

Kirstie Alley bucked the Hollywood trend (unfortuntely incoherently) and was mocked for it.

Not that I'm tremendously interested in anything celebrities say, but it is interested how they treat their own when there is disagreement. It is a classic psychological study.

I like what John Nolte said, "...what would Roman Polanski have to do to become a pariah in this town... I mean, besides vote for Sarah Palin."