Seeing that Roman Polanski was a trending topic on Twitter today when news broke that Switzerland would not extradite him to the US didn’t surprise me, but it made me sad. Every time I’ve heard his name in the past year, the familiar knot in my stomach returns. It’s not just that his crime disgusts me (though it does), or that he’s lived a life of luxury for more than 30 years, it’s the apologists who really make me sad.
It hurts me that we live in a world where news organizations will describe his crime as “unlawful sex” instead of rape, and 138 people in the film industry will sign a petition demanding his “immediate release.” It boggles my mind that being an artist can somehow trump being a child-rapist.
So since the world seems to need a constant reminder, here you go:
Reminder: Roman Polanski raped a child by Kate Harding
Reminder: Roman Polanski fled sentencing by Tracy Clark-Flory
And just for good measure,
Snips And Snails And The Unbearable Heaviness Of Roman Polanski by Catherine Connors