As most of you are aware famed director Roman Polanski was arrested recently in Switzerland and is facing extradition back to you the US for fleeing sentencing of the crime of rape of a 13 year old girl. While he's fled the authorities for decades he lived the good life in Europe gaining more fame, wealth, and continuing his long standing career as one of the world's greatest directors.
Now that he may be forced to face the sentencing of the crime he plead guilty to, plus additional charges including his fugitive status, surprisingly there's been debate on whether he should stand before a court.
Below are some points from people who are opposed to Polanski facing a judge:
"He had a hard life. He lost his mother to the Holocaust and his pregnant wife to a sick hippie. He deserves our sympathy." I get that his existence hasn't been pleasant, but does that excuse the horrific crime of raping a young teenager?
"The judge was corrupt, incompetent, and was going to go back out of the plea bargain." Yes I've seen the recent documentary on the subject that everyone believes is the gospel truth on everything regarding this case. So the judge was a bastard? Polanski's lawyers should've declared it a mistrial or appeal the sentence once it was laid out. Besides no one could've known for sure what the judge was going to do before the sentencing.
"It's been decades. The victim forgives him. Let it go." Call me a tyrant, but I have a hard time letting the crime of rape go. The victim only gave her forgiveness after the civil settlement, but regardless she's not the state. The government should prosecute all violent crimes to the fullest extent of the law. No one should get away with rape. No one.
I've met people who boycott films directed by Mel Gibson or who star Tom Cruise. When I ask if they do the same for Polanski they just give the thousand yard stare. I can understand not wanting to support the careers of racists or the mentally ill, but none of them give thought to someone who commits a crime against a child.
I love Polanski's work. I even own one of his films, but I can't wrap my head around the idea that he should'nt serve a sentence for the horrific crime he plead guilty to.
"In Paris, one is always reminded of being a foreigner. If you park your car wrong, it is not the fact that it's on the sidewalk that matters, but the fact that you speak with an accent." - Roman Polanski