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The Moral Compass of Roman Polanski, Woody Allen and Others

October 4, 2009

This week, a new rung on the ladder of absurdity took place when studio head, Harvey Weinstein declared that the true moral compass belonged to him and other Hollywood glitterati, who urged the release of Roman Polanski. Unless you’ve missed the last three decades, you’ll remember that Mr. Polanski first pled and was then found guilty for the drugging and rape of a 13-year old child. Then he skipped town and country, and was finally apprehended in Switzerland last week. Lending credibility to Mr. Weinstein’s moral compass was Woody Allen (whose name was first on the list of Polanski supporters). This seems a dubious honor and of questionable support to Mr. Polanski–can you say, consensual incest with Mia Farrow’s adopted daughter? What are these people thinking?

Yet another phrase to add to the lexicon of worst interests of the child standards, “consensual incest,” made headliners this week on OPRAH, in her interview with MacKenzie Phillips. MacKenzie initially seemed to think that incest could truly be consensual. Regardless of whether she had a needle stuck up her arm at the time (on OPRAH to promote her book, High on Arrival), children are truly the first political prisoners, and therefore subject to the “Stockholm syndrome.” We were reminded of this a few weeks ago by the  tragic child kidnapping case of  Jaycee Lee Dugard.  Upon her initial discovery and release, Jaycee  reported that she loved her abductor and rapist, also father of her two children.   That’s not a poor moral compass, but  survival by identification with the aggressor.

A special award goes to those in Hollywood who haven’t  lost touch with reality or justice for that matter. Kevin Smith (director of Clerks), columnists Kate Harding, Katha Pollitt and Eugene Robinson, and Terry Teachout, were among others who turned the tide.  Neither Mr. Polanski’s own tragic past (pregnant mother who died in a Nazi concentration camp), 1969 Manson’s murder of his pregnant wife, Sharon Tate, nor his artistic genius can alter the true moral compass here. What’s fair is fair.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2009 2:23 am

    right on, b……..good for you for taking a public stand on this outrageousness….onward and upward, my friend…xoj

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