Saturday, October 3, 2009

More on Polanski

The country - indeed, the world - has been going nuts about Roman Polanski this week. There's been some good, some bad, and some ugly.

Squarely in the GOOD category is Polanski, Polanski, Polanski: Kate Harding's blog listing all of the OTHER blogs she's written in the aftermath of Roman Polanski's arrest - the Hollyweird support system, the Whoopi "rape-rape" thing, and most importantly a very detailed recounting of the crime for which Roman Polanski was originally arrested back in 1977. She approaches the subject with not just disgust at his crimes, but also with intelligence and links to back up what she writes.

In the BAD category we have Polanski's Arrest: Shame on the Swiss written by Joan Z. Shore. It's not only bad because of it's content, but because Shore is apparently the co-founder for something called Women Overseas for Equality in Belgium. I'm still processing how someone who's for equality for women can find a way to justify saying "shame on the Swiss" for arresting a child-raping fugitive.

In the UGLY category is the shockingly horrific fact that Feminist Majority founder Peg Yorkin was quoted in a L.A. Times story as saying "It's bad a person was raped. But that was so many years ago. The guy has been through so much in his life. It's crazy to arrest him now. Let it go. The government could spend its money on other things." Fortunately it looks like the president of the Feminist Majority Foundation disagrees with the founder.

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