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September 30th, 2009


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03:10 pm - &$^&%&*($&
No, I'm not translating that. :P

I very, very rarely bother to post anything like this, because it's only upsetting and I'm here for the lolz and the fandom. But as someone who lives and works in Hollywood, I'd just like to set the record straight:

I have no problem believing that great artistry and great immorality or evil can coexist within the same person. I judge art on its own merits--if a writer is, in RL, a blatant racist or anti-Christian or whatever but it doesn't show in their work, I have no problem lauding said work while deploring the attitudes or behavior of the artist. ("Trust the tale, not the teller.")

What art NEVER is, is an excuse to get away with immoral, unethical, or shameful behavior.

A gigantic SHAME ON YOU to all the celebrities who signed the petition calling for director and 3-decades fugitive Roman Polanski to be freed. (warning: link goes to L.A. Times editorial with potentially triggery content)
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From:brianrubin
Date:September 30th, 2009 10:19 pm (UTC)
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I don't get why folks think Polanski should be freed, honestly.
From:tree_and_leaf
Date:September 30th, 2009 10:24 pm (UTC)
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Agreed. It's an appalling case and I am disgusted to see how many people are supporting him.
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From:wneleh
Date:September 30th, 2009 10:27 pm (UTC)
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Until I'd started reading my flist last night, I'd thought the world had gone crazy.

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From:rose_in_shadow
Date:September 30th, 2009 11:13 pm (UTC)
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Agreed! I saw that on the news this morning, and I'm astounded that people are saying this. Let him come back, sure, and then put him in jail.
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From:maevebran
Date:September 30th, 2009 11:18 pm (UTC)
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Amen, Sister. I am saddened by Hollywood but relieved to see some speaking out. Lexa Doig, a TV actress from Andromeda and Stargate SG1, said on twitter yesterday "Just wanna go on record here and say that as much as I admire Polanski and a director - he's getting what he deserves." and "There seem to be a lot of folks in my industry experiencing what I hope is a temporary moral disconnect - it's a tad disappointing". Which only adds to my admiration of her. I just wish the list against was as long or as famous as the list for.

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From:scionofgrace
Date:October 1st, 2009 12:46 am (UTC)
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Oh, you mean Michael Shanks' wife! Glad to see not everyone in Hollywood has taken complete leave of their senses.

(I'm imagining deep, deep sarcastic understatement on her face as she types "it's a tad disappointing.")
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From:maevebran
Date:October 1st, 2009 04:35 am (UTC)
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Yes. Mrs. Michael Shanks. She conbtinues to express outrage on her twitter LexaShmexa. I thought she was awesome before but she seems to get more awesome all the time.
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From:jd3000
Date:September 30th, 2009 11:20 pm (UTC)
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Reminds me of when Norman Mailer was trying to get convicted murderer Jack Abbott, who had written the noted prison memoir In the Belly of the Beast, released on parole in the Eighties. "Culture's worth a little risk. I am willing to gamble with the safety of certain elements of society to save this man's talent." I think it begins as a somewhat sociopathic element when creative works are considered greater than the worth of a person who has contributed nothing as "important".

-JD
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From:izhilzha
Date:October 1st, 2009 10:18 pm (UTC)
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*shudder* Yes, what you said.
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From:leelust
Date:September 30th, 2009 11:23 pm (UTC)
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ITA!
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From:feliciakw
Date:October 1st, 2009 12:15 am (UTC)
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I . . . have gone beyond words on this. (But I'll try anyway.)

First, the guy is a creep. Reading those excerpts from the transcript pretty much turned my stomach.

Second, rape is rape and "no" means "no." Whether the person in question is a 12-year-old virgin or a 45-year-old prostitute. If you make advances, and they say, "No"--especially multiple times--back off!

Third, she was 13 years old!!! A child! He drugged, coerced, assaulted, and raped a child. There are no words.

Fourth, the rape is no longer the case. Now it is about a fugitive fleeing sentencing. He has been caught; he needs to face the music. Actions have consequences. For everyone. Why should he be any different?

Ot1h, I'm a little surprised at Hollywood's stance. Otoh, I'm not that surprised, I'm sorry to say. Maybe that's why there aren't any big-name Hollywood celebrities on my favorites list right now.
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From:scionofgrace
Date:October 1st, 2009 12:49 am (UTC)
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Seriously, how completely insane must anyone be to say that anyone, anywhere should get off for all that? He's a great artist - fine. But there are consequences for rape and he should face them. Regardless of pretty much everything.

Sad. Sick, wrong, and sad.
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From:kerravonsen
Date:October 1st, 2009 02:30 am (UTC)
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Agree with you. (shakes head)
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From:sarcasticval
Date:October 1st, 2009 02:55 am (UTC)
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Yeah, agreed. What's up with all the ew-worthy news of late?
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From:feliciakw
Date:October 1st, 2009 11:04 pm (UTC)
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Do you mind if I maybe get a little thinky? If you don't like this post, you can certainly delete it.

Geo and I were talking about the case, and I was looking at some things on a news site about Polanski's life. What he did was disgusting and wrong and angers me on levels I find difficult to describe (see my previous post). Then I read that his wife and unborn son (Sharon Tate was 8 months pregnant) were murdered by the Manson family, while Polanski was in London. I wonder how much of that had to do with the assault later on.

Then Geo tells me about Polanski's childhood. Not only was he in the concentration camps, but the Nazis used him for target practice. (Again, that anger for which I have no description.) At this point, I'm wondering if he ever received at any point in his life any sort of psychological counseling or treatment or anything for that kind of trauma. And I wonder how much of that played into what he did to that child.

Regardless of the victim forgiving him and wanting this to be forgotten, it's not up to her anymore. It's good that she has forgiven him. But he fled sentencing, skipped the country. Now he has been caught. It's up to the courts now.

Of course none of this excuses his drugging and raping of a child (see my previous post). And such tragedy as he's seen in his life I'm sure contributes to his art (as such things often do). I'm just wondering if he ever received help with the previous tragedies that might have helped prevent the crime.

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