Hollywood Losing Moral High Ground?

John Horn and Tina Daunt of the Los Angeles Times ask of the Polanski case, “How can Hollywood (where it’s almost impossible to find anyone publicly
condemning Polanski) and almost everyone else see the same story in an
opposite light? Is it proof that the movie business is amoral, or just
that it believes that Polanski has suffered in his personal and
professional life and paid his debt to society? Is Hollywood’s position
that we’re-better-than-you elitist while the rest of the country’s is
everybody-obeys-the-law populist?”

Peg Yorkin of the Feminist Majority Foundation tells them, “My personal thoughts are let the guy go. 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.”

And Harvey Weinstein, who is circulating the pro-Polanski petition, and says that the U.S. government is “acting irresponsibly and criminally,” says in an interview that he’s not convinced that public opinion is running against the filmmaker.

Weinstein says, “Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion. We were the people who did the fundraising telethon
for the victims of 9/11. We were there for the victims of Katrina and
any world catastrophe.”

Perhaps — but such an argument so won’t win over those outraged at the petition. As Steve Lopez of the Times writes, “that has no bearing on the crime in question.”

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  1. Anon says:

    Rape is the same as murder. Murder is punishable by death.
    “bad that someone got raped but”… BUT?
    I don’t care what the son of a bitch went through. I want my abusers in prison! Rapists are a menace to society! Charlie Manson’s been through some shit- no one lets him out… and I would set him free before any god damned RAPIST.
    What better things could the government be spending their money on? Protecting the people isn’t good enough?
    Pretty much:
    I’d set that guy free with his hands and genitalia removed. If Hollywood is going to give me that- then I’ll go along with them.
    Also, Hollywood is clearly against women, innocence… I’m a film maker. I’m in the business. And I don’t care that the “art is suffering”. It’s suffering anyway, have you seen half of the movies that have been released in the past few years? There are plenty of people like me to take his place. Creative people.
    Can’t he be creative from prison?
    I’m a film maker, I’m an artist but if my colleague rapes a thirteen year old girl, I EXPECT him to go to prison.
    Now Ms. Goldburg said he didn’t do it. Alright, fine. Prove that and no one will think any more of it.
    Not only was it rape, it was statutory rape, this girl will be ruined for the rest of her life… he should pay for therapy, he should be made to apologize… I could go on and on, point is, this is a fsking outrage and Hollywood should be ashamed of him.

  2. Linda E says:

    Read the transcripts from the case, what this man did was RAPE,
    he needs to be punished at whatever the cost is nessary, read the transcripts, it’s not forget and forgive it was discusting RAPE. Maybe castration is in order!

  3. MOTU says:

    It’s another Tookie Williams story theme all over again. This is a guy who co-founded the crips. And the Hollywood elite wanted to have his sentence commuted because he was writing children’s books. Woop Dee Doo. Polanski should suffer the same fate. No get out of jail card, do not pass goal and do not collect $200. Send him to jail and have him live among the sodomites. See how he likes the punishment.

  4. Diego says:

    So telethons are the benchmark for a moral compass? What about the people who actually dropped work to go help in NOLA? What about the people who sent goods and money before the telethons ever started?
    Typical superficial LAWLiwood.

  5. Kevin says:

    I’m just curious when, if ever, Hollywood held the moral high ground for them to lose it.

  6. Judy Wolfe says:

    Are we going to allow ‘personal suffering’ to be our legal compass now? I could feel a lot more sympathy for a man born into a drug-using, crime-ridden family, who was raised in a neighborhood of crime and drugs, and who knew nothing but brutality and criminality all of his life. Hollywood has chosen the wrong ‘convict’ to get all warm and fuzzy about, and it reveals their own shallow hearts and questionable sense of compassion.

  7. alex says:

    ‘Moral Highground?’
    Hollywood’s the industry where the heroes are drug dealers and communist revolutionaries. THis is the industry where the answer to 9/11 was a movie about dead Columbine kids and how bad it was that the United States didn’t or did do something that caused 9/11, not condemning or showing any sort of real courage, but keeping the costs low so they could make money of dead high school kids. Good thing that Iraq War came along and went bad. Plenty of money there. The words ‘Hollywood’ and ‘Moral Highground’ don’t belong together.

  8. Wade Young says:

    I think the real issue here is that the victim of the crime has long since forgiven the person. If she were still in the news and asking for justice, I think even amoral Hollywood would be quick to call to for justice. However, forgiveness for a horrible wrongdoing has won out here.

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