Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Things Are Getting Weird Around Here

So I woke up at 4am this morning and I couldn't get back to sleep. Why? Cuz I'm thinking about Roman Polanski. So weird, I know.

I can't quite figure out why I'm thinking about this guy, but I am. It's not like his story of extradition has been headline news recently. That story has to be at least 2 or 3 weeks old, but there it is; keeping me awake. Weird.

Seems Roman, pled guilty in 1977 to having sex with a minor, a 13 year-old girl, who he allegedly drugged with quaaludes and Champagne then had sex with at a party at Jack's house (of all places) in LA. On the eve of his 1978 sentencing he fled the country because he was afraid of being put away for 50 years. He has been in France ever since. On Sept 26th, 2009, he was arrested, at the request of the United States, as he flew into Switzerland to receive a lifetime achievement award at a film festival.

What's even weirder is that I really have no opinion on this, yet I'm thinking about it in the dark and quiet of 4 am.

Well, maybe I do. I'm thinking that this Polanski guy is somewhat of a tragic figure and a bit of a coward to boot. I'm thinking that you can't run away from your demons without facing them and that eventually they will come back to haunt you. Even when you're in you're 70's and still directing Oscar winning movies and getting lifetime achievement awards. You know dude, don't do the crime if you can't do the time. And I'm thinking about the brutal murder of his beautiful, pregnant wife, Sharon Tate by a bunch of worthless, brainwashed, drug-crazed hippies. Maybe the rape wouldn't have happened if Sharon Tate had lived to give birth to the Polanski child. They say she was the love of his life and that he worshiped her. Maybe, but it doesn't mitigate his actions at Jack's house in '77.

There's a story in yesterday's LA Times that reports that Polanski's victim, Samantha Geimer, now 46 years old, and her attorney have asked the appellate court to drop the charges against Polaski because "the unceasing publicity has disrupted her family, job and health." Seems Samantha's boss in "understandably displeased" with her and there is a real possibility that she may loose her job.

Picture this: Rich director messes up, runs away, gets away with it, and keeps winning Oscars while living large in France for years and years. Yet the victim gets the shaft back home because the LA crime fighters, who let him slip away, decide to finally grab this brass ring, some thirty years later. Hollywood couldn't produce a better script. Maybe Polanski should direct it. He could possibly win another Oscar for his efforts, heck, he's doing whatever he wants anyway.

Or maybe we should just tack another life sentence onto Manson's sentence. It's his fault anyway.


Jim said...

Wow . . . did you eat Italian food last night? That usually gives me weird dreams.

Polanski definitely needs to face the music, and it's amazing how so much of Hollywood is lining up to defend the guy. I also think he looks eerily like Danny Kaye.


Joanie M said...

Yeah, that IS weird! But I do weird stuff like that too.

At least you weren't thinking about that stuff while having sex!

Slyde said...

polanski is a piece of garbage.

the worst part are all these celebs who defend him, pretty much because they would still like to be in his movies.

when harrison ford stood in for him at the oscars when polanski won for best picture, all i could think of was "gee harrison, i guess you're lucky that it wasnt YOUR daughter! maybe you wouldnt be up there accepting an award if it HAD been.."

Bill Stankus said...

Several thoughts;
1. Change your dream channel.

2. Hollywood circa 1977 is not the same as uptight 2009. The hang 'em high mentality of today wasn't part of back then.

3. Just because Manson and his followers had long hair and did drugs didn't mean they were "hippies." On the contrary, being a hippy meant having fun, being positive, being free ... while having long hair and doing drugs.

4. The current Polanski legal battle is because a few people in the DA's office want to make a name for themselves. It mostly definitely is not about "justice".

The Dental Maven said...

I absolutely hate it when the rich and/or famous get away with crap that anyone else would have to pay the consequences for.

Yeah, I mean YOU, OJ!

Dr Zibbs said...

What a creep.

Scott Oglesby said...

What happened in his life was an unspeakable tragedy. However, a person can’t drug and rape a child unless he was born with that cancer already inside him. A normal person can be made capable of murder, even murdering innocent people by circumstances in his life. But NOT pedophilia and rape.

The world leaders need to get together, and hash out stringent extradition practices. With how small the world has become it is essential.

Mrs. Holly Hall said...

Gah. THAT's no good. thinkin about that. at four am.

If it is any conselation, (sp?), I had a dream A FRICKIN DREAM bout Jon Gosselin last night. a incrediably detailed and highly sexualized and disgusting dream.

I still won't admit it to myself that I had such a dream. not yet anyway!! gaaah!!!

The Peach Tart said...

This is just so f**ked up

Jimmy Bastard said...

You really need to lay off of the cheese at night. Try Tofu instead, you'll fart like a pig, but your dreams will be purer.

Knucklehead said...

The Yankees are in the World Series.

The Red Sox are done.

Tom Brady is a sissy.

Have a nice day.

Okay, I'll stop doing that. Maybe.

the walking man said...

There was a plea bargain in '77 but the judge let it out that he was not disposed to go along with the prosecutors recommendation so Polanski fled the country.

I am strangely ambivalent about this particular case because the woman settled in civil court long ago and has since been calling for the prosecutor to drop the charges.

LegalMist said...

It's a bit late to "drop the charges" after the man pled guilty. All that's left is to impose a sentence.

Let me repeat that: he pled guilty. That means HE ADMITTED TO COMMITTING THE CRIME. The presumption of innocence no longer applies; he admitted he is guilty. Why would anyone think we should just let him wallk free?!?

He already had 30 years of freedom that he was not entitled to. They should sentence him, and now.

And "dropping the charges" won't end the publicity. It would just lead to another round of publicity about whether that was a good idea or not... Get it over with, and let the publicity die down naturally, as it eventually will. The longer this drags out, the longer there will be publicity about it.