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Earlier this year when there was this discussion on lj about how we live in a rape culture I thought that was maybe a bit of an exaggeration, even though I could see the points people were making. With all those celebrities (and politicians) rushing to Polanski's defence now... I guess I was too optimistic. Signing that petition today (different times, different climate, more awareness, or so one would have hoped)... I don't get it. I know there's this European knee-jerk reflex about the US and their puritanism, haha, but that's really not one of the cases where this is appropriate. Really not. For the sake of my peace of mind and being able to go on watching some of these people's work I'm going to give them the benefit of doubt that they didn't know what really happened any more than I did until a couple of days ago when they signed. *sigh* Fatih Akin? Pedro Almodovar? Alfonso Cuaron? Neil Jordan? Tilda Swinton? I have a screen cap from The Garden with her as my desktop and a few more as screensaver. Seriously, why?

I'm not a big believer in the effectiveness of internet petitions, but for what it's worth: Art Does Not Excuse Rape.


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Oct. 1st, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Neil Jordan?
"The Crying Game", "Breakfast on Pluto", "Michael Collins", Neil Jordan?!

I missed that the first skimming of the names.

God, why?!
Oct. 1st, 2009 04:49 pm (UTC)
Apparently yes. (Source, via the ohnotheydidnt entry about this.)

Even giving them all the benefit of doubt in the world, it's painfully obvious that no one stopped to give a thought to the victim, and how much of a slap into the face all this must be for her.

...et de ne pas transformer ce génial cinéaste en martyr d’un imbroglio juridico-politique indigne de deux démocraties telles que la Suisse et les Etats-Unis. Le bon sens, autant que l’honneur, y invitent.

Unbelievable. Completely unbelievable.
Oct. 1st, 2009 08:58 pm (UTC)
SO agreed. Seeing some of those names really hurts. I just watched "Im Juli" yesterday with S., and he loved it, and so did I, because it's a sweet movie, and now this? I just don't get it. Do they *really* think this is just a, what do they call it, "imbroglio"?
Oct. 2nd, 2009 07:54 am (UTC)
Like I said, what I sincerely hope is that many of them only had the haziest idea of what happened and signed without stopping to think, which I could, sort of, imagine happening because everything I knew about this until a couple of days ago was that she was underage - not that she was only 13, not about the drugs, or the outright rape. I have to admit I've signed things barely skimming them when friends asked me to. And certainly a lot of knee-jerk anti-Americanism went into it, too.

Or at least that's what I'm trying to tell myself, because these petitions are bad enough in that it's all about him, him, him, as if this was some kind of victim-less crime.

That the woman wants to be able to leave this behind is one thing (and understandable considering that she has a family and children), but I doubt she expected to be summarily told that she, her feelings and suffering just don't matter because she isn't a famous film-maker.

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Oct. 2nd, 2009 05:26 pm (UTC)
The very least they can do is to instantly retract their signatures and make their own statements against Polanski.

I keep waiting for this to happen, and it doesn't. Every time I think my faith in humanity is already so low that nothing can surprise me anyway, something proves me wrong...
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