Hollywood Royalty and the Embrace of the Vampire Polanski

The reaction of Hollywood’s narcissistic bubble-dwellers to the arrest of Roman Polanski underscores the stark divide between moral relativists willing to romanticize the degeneracy of an artist and the rest of us. The capacity of these entertainment and media industry elites to justify, excuse, and minimize Polanski’s cowardly sexual violation of a vulnerable child is breathtakingly loathsome.

“It was something else but i don’t believe it was rape-rape,” insisted Whoopi Goldberg.

“Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion,” explained Harvey Weinstein, proud signatory of the Free Roman Polanski petition.

“We stand by him and await his release and his next masterpiece,” offered Debra Winger in a statement that criticized authorities for using “minor technicalities” to cause the suffering of the whole art world.

Polanski’s defenders plunged themselves headfirst into the sand, ignoring the plea transcript, refusing to consider his own flippant assessment of public reaction to his crime:

If I had killed somebody, it wouldn’t have had so much appeal to the press, you see? But… f—ing, you see, and the young girls. Judges want to f— young girls. Juries want to f— young girls. Everyone wants to f— young girls!

Among those who have signed the “Free Roman” petition, the sexual predator is the victim, and the innocence and security of a single child stolen in an act of forcible sodomy is a price worth paying for the creation of art. They are unwilling to see Polanski any other way because it would challenge their insular, elite beliefs about the world:

Considered a genius, unencumbered by morality and the complete opposite of what Americans have long considered the ideal, Polanski challenges society in real life the way Dracula challenges Victorianism in Stoker’s novel. Were they better read, they would perhaps see Polanski not as the Gary Oldman version of Dracula, a tortured loved-starved creature punished by a hostile and puritanical God, but as I see Polanski. He is like the Don Juan of Tirso de Molina’s The Trickster of Seville, sinister, spiteful and ultimately damned. But to see that in Polanski is to look past the European trappings and artistic prestige, and to see the man as equal to all others and thus worthy to be judged. This is a step these self-appointed elites cannot take, lest they admit they too can be judged by their true equals, their fellow Americans.

We have our own royalty in America, the celebrities we build up and tear down as part of our entertainment industry. But there is something seductive in the royalty of Old Europe, the idea that a person could be considered worth more than another and never really have to prove it. We all have such pretensions if we admit it, and the best of us cast off this burden to meet the world and all in it as equals, and rise and fall according to our abilities, our sweat, and our blood. Polanski represents for some the easier way, the illusion of class and worth, the comforting lie of elitism. For those who embrace that outlook there is no action too wicked to defend if it props up the lie and reinforces the artificial distinctions between us.

Especially if it happens to those of us they consider beneath them.

Read the complete Dracula analogy in the Red Alerts piece, Elitism, Europhilia, and Roman Polanski.

Big Hollywood has the names of every morally bankrupt Polanski supporter who signed the “Free Roman” petition, as well as a counter-petition for those in the entertainment industry who believe Polanski should be held accountable for his crime.

In addition, The New Agenda has organized a boycott of all films the pro-Polanski “signatories have directed, produced, acted in or otherwise participated.” A Jail Polanski Petition is available on The New Agenda home page.

Have Hollywood elites finally alienated those who line their pocketbooks?

Comments

7 Responses to “Hollywood Royalty and the Embrace of the Vampire Polanski”

  1. Eclectic Radical on October 2nd, 2009 4:43 pm

    I’m going to take a break from trolling to simply say that I am disappointed in Hollywood yet again. Polanski entered a guilty plea of ‘sex with a minor’, which means he admitted legal wrongdoing (even if he has unsuccessfully tried to laugh off the moral question), and then skipped the country. So he is a premeditated fugitive from justice. Defending him because you like his movies is ridiculous. In the very best possible light he is an idiot with no sense of responsibility for his own thoughtless actions.

    I don’t see it in ‘the best light’, either. Regardless of the nature of the crime itself (the facts of which cannot be proven at law because of the plea) there is a reason why we have age of consent laws. Children are not adults and do not have the emotional maturity to make adult choices and adults are expected to know that and make responsible decisions with that fact in mind.

    Polanski is a scumbag and the people standing up for him now are the same people (in great part)who whined about Elia Kazan being given a lifetime achievement award by the MPAA because he dealt with the consequences of his actions in a manner they didn’t like. I’m as left wing as they come, but Polanski is a scumbag and not a martyr.

  2. theblackcommenter on October 6th, 2009 11:50 am

    Let’s remember that many (though not all) of the folks in Hollywood are very poorly educated but highly paid, narcissistic individuals whose entire livelihood is based on playing make believe both in their professional and personal lives. Is it any wonder that they would embrace such a person?

  3. Eclectic Radical on October 6th, 2009 3:59 pm

    I am sure there is also a sense of community solidarity of the kind that leads nearly all ‘tribes’ to defend their own against ‘outside’ attack. This has led both political parties to defend their own in situations where the individual in question was indefensible and also motivated ethnic communities to defend their own against ‘persecution’ even when the ‘victim’ was clearly culpable and had brought such on himself. It happens among police, teachers, and US Senators.

    Still pisses me off.

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  5. Dana on October 8th, 2009 5:27 pm

    Why would anyone care what some moronic actor says about anything? Think about it for a minute. These CLOWNS are paid obscene amounts of money to get in front of a camera to pretend to be something they are not. Why would they have any credibility at all? THEY ARE PROFESSIONAL LIARS.

  6. Chaim Paddaman on June 24th, 2011 8:51 am

    The old Hollywood and Liberal ploy was always to smear the victim to defend their own brotherhood. Hollywood and the world Liberals want us to believe that the behaviour of Polanski, Charlie Sheen and French Liberal elite humanist and champagne socialist Dominique Strauss-Kahn are within normal acceptable social norms and values. The world is not that morally debased yet. However, with the influence of the celebrity culture on our children and the sheer might and power of the Hollywood propaganda machine. They will achieve their goals. Hollywood and the world Liberals have always practiced selective morality. Get my drift, Mr Harvey Weinstein. Alas, Porky Weinstein is a mishugener……..

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