The French are opposing Polanski’s arrest because he is talented. The fact that he sodomized and raped a child does not seem to bother them. It is very difficult to understand the logic behind their opposition. Americans on the other hand are dedicated not to let him get away, with what he did, for the sake of fairness. No one should be above the law. I love the idea that no one is above the law. Although O.J. Simpson seems to have been above the law.
I grew up, admiring Michael Jackson. Rest in peace, I am still a big fan. Still the fact that he was accused of molesting children more than once and ended up settling out of court makes me feel uneasy about the whole thing. I love Michael Jackson. I want to believe that he was framed more than once just because he was so popular. I want to believe that they wanted to smear him, which is why he was accused over and over for the same crime.
Still I cannot help but question, was he above the law only because we all loved him so much?
If he was; the suffering that those innocent children might have gone through is a horrible thought. Money can not make that go away.
Americans do not understand why the French want Polanski to get away with his crime. I do not understand why Americans are sometimes against the double standard and other times not.
Is there a guilty conscious for all the unjust treatment that African Americans have received in the past; that now if they are popular, they cannot be charged even for the crimes that they actually have committed?
Mitterrand the Culture Minister of France has no problem admitting that he likes to travel to Thailand as he enjoys having sex with boys. Naturally he opposes Polanski’s arrest.
When did it become OK for perverts to openly express their actions and desires? They actually seem to expect acceptance. Some claim that he should not loose his public position as he did not commit a crime. According to this logic, if one satisfies their perverted needs in Thailand it is OK. The boy who suffers there is no ones problem. After all he did not break the law in France. The fact that he took advantage of an innocent child does not bother anyone.
When the 17 year old German boy Marco assaulted the 13 year old British girl Charlotte in Turkey, her parents pressed charges and he was imprisoned for assaulting a minor. Somehow Germans found this very unfair. In Stern Magazine Marco’s father critisized the verdict as unjust. He called the Turkish view on the issue “Glorifizierung der Jungfräulichkeit”*which means Turks glorify virginity.
His son abused a thirteen year old girl and he blames the Turkish justice system to be way too sensitive on virginity issues. Would it have been OK to abuse a thirteen year old in Germany?
I am sure the German law is as clear as the Turkish law that you cannot push to have sex with a child.
The same magazine features articles on Polanski, frowning on the idea of raping a thirteen year old. So what Polanski did was not good according to the magazine but Marco should have gotten away with sexual abuse of a child.
So the Pervert’s logic somehow justifies perverted actions as long as they are commited away from home. Mitterrand chooses Thailand, Marco chose Turkey and Polanski chose America. The same logic makes perverts very sensitive people. They are deeply offended to be held accountable of their actions.
So the supportes believe that Polanski should be free because he made good movies. Mitterrand should not be judged for his actions as he did not commit a crime, in France. Marco should not have been charged, he did not abuse the British child in Germany. These Turks are too sensitive about this whole virginity thing anyway.
Morality is far away from these arguments. It makes me wonder how these supporters would feel, if their children were raped or sexually abused. Would they still think that an artist, every now and then can do crazy things and one should look away or claim that it is OK because it happened abroad?
Martin Luther King said „Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.“
I am hoping that not letting Polanski get away with what he did, even thirty years after it happened will only be the beginning. When it comes to protecting a child’s innocence, we should all be alerted and there should be no loopholes, or get out of jail free cards for anyone. A child is still a child in Thailand, America, Africa, Turkey or France.
It is the adults’ responsibility to guard and protect children anywhere and everywhere in the world.
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*Marco Weiss akzeptiert Schuldspruch nicht 16. September 2009,