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Roman Polanski and Hollywood Justice

The heated debate on bringing film director Roman Polanski to justice in the U.S. continues, particularly in Hollywood.  If you’re not aware of the situation, in 1977, while at Jack Nicholson’s house in Hollywood, Polanski plied a 13 year old girl with drugs and champagne and then raped her.   He was arrested, but before the trial, skipped the country to avoid prosecution.  But after 32 years in France, when he showed up this month to accept an award at a film festival in Switzerland, he was arrested and is being held for extradition.

However, numerous Hollywood luminaries have rallied to his cause, believing his artistic genius far outweighs the crime.  However, since the petition was released, a wide range of people have come out to support the arrest.  The Los Angeles Times took the lead, and even Jay Leno mentioned it in a monologue when he referred to the way the incident has created two groups of people:  Polanski’s supporters in Hollywood versus everyone with a 13 year old daughter.

From my perspective, a crime is a crime.  Those in Hollywood who signed the petition would never do it for a common criminal, which means they believe artistic talent somehow entitles you to live above justice.  I’d love to know your thoughts, and if you’d like a more in-depth look at the situation, I’d start here.


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  1. Polanski’s supporters in Hollywood think they belong to some kind of an aristocracy that is above the law. This is also true of politicians in Poland and France that have protected him all these years. Like  others that commit this kind of a crime, Polanski should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law and the French government pressured to expropriate his property in lieu of the jail time he should already have served.

    A just society must have laws that pertain to all. No exceptions!


  2. Why in the world would someone want to support this guy?  Why is he above the law?  I may not have his artistic talent, but if he ever came to my church, he wouldn’t have a clean toilet to sit on if it wasn’t for me!!  And I bet I could find some freak supporter of “the arts” that could get toilet scrubbing declared an art form.  Then maybe I’d be above the law too!!  Hollywood needs to be brought down a notch or two as far as I’m concerned.


  3. I hope that firstly no one generalizes Hollywood by saying we all support him. There are good people in the industry trying to make a difference. And guess what-they’re not all Christians. It’s so easy to point the finger at a faceless entity. Having said that, as Phil said, “a crime is a crime,” and he should be tried as any other individual would if they committed such crime. However, looking at our current economic status as a state can we really affford another trial right now when so many more significant issues can use our attention and money? I honestly hadn’t thought about this until I read a blog from LA Times writer Patrick Goldstein. For instance, to name just a few issues: education, health care, and let’s not forget our CURRENT crime epidemic: human trafficking. As we all know people can run from their unrepenting sin but they cannot hide. For now I suggest we pray that our state would deal with this matter in wisdom and let the Lords will be done in that man’s life.

  4. Are you serious? Can we afford it? You got to be crazy? So a girl doesn’t deserve justice because of our economic situation.. More siginificant issues? I think rape is a big one..

  5. There is no need for aother trial, unless they want to charge him with leaving the country.

    He pled guilty. We just need the sentecing phase. That’s all that’s left.

  6. Sal,

    If Roman had raped your daughter or sister, you’d be the first in line asking for justice, regardless of the educational issues of the country. Interesting, this whole movement to give Mr. Polanski some lenience based on his talent is the same thinking we’ve seen with NFL players who, until recently, got by with crimes because of their talent on the field.

    Hopefully our courts will decide that artistic license does not extend to raping a 13 year-old-girl.

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