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Thrown under the big bus of celebrity

I'd like to take a moment to advertise my List of Shame.

What list of shame, you ask?  Why, the one signed by a bunch of people who I thought would be more aware of the rape-apologist culture they are perpetrating, but apparently feel that Roman Polanski shouldn't have to pay for raping a 13 year old girl after incapacitating her with drugs and alcohol, and repeatedly raping her vaginally and anally while she said no and begged to go home.

Yet the signers seem to be saying it's "not really rape" (Whoopi Goldberg, a supporter of Polanski, said she didn't think it was "rape-rape" WTF? WTF?!!) . They and their rape-apologist cronies say that the girl wants the case dropped (funny how they listen to the rape victim when it's what they want to hear, huh?).They say Polanski has "suffered enough".

Do they need to be reminded what suffering is? How about some descriptions (triggering) from women who have gone through what Samantha Gailey went through? How is that less awful than spending 30 years in Europe being feted, admired, allowed to make films, befriended by the rich and famous, and accumulating a considerable fortune?

Who, exactly, has suffered here?

And the most ludicrous part? The man skipped out on a possible plea bargain of 48 days, with time served in a psychiatric facility counted towards that time - a total of maybe 25 days in jail. For drugging and raping, repeatedly, a 13 YEAR OLD GIRL. (He pled guilty, btw - the plea bargain got it down to a lesser charge, but he pled guilty to rape.)

I was 16 when I was assaulted, over 23 years ago. I have no memory of the event (I cannot even tell you exactly what was done to my body), but the legacy of it is with me every day. I hate being touched by strangers. I have trust issues. I can't watch a lot of popular movies, because of the flippant treatment of assault triggers me. I don't trust the police, nurses, or most hospital staff because of the way I was treated after the fact. It never goes away. It will never go away. It is a part of me as permanent and absolute as my blue eyes and musical talent.

I'm used to men being rape apologists. But the women who signed that petition? You're on my shit list for excusing rape. Rape that is perpetuated on one in four women in their lifetime. In a culture that celebrates the idea that women should be available to men at all times, and that setting boundaries makes women "bitches". A culture that participates in the further victimization of women raped by men, by questioning their "morals", by questioning their truth, by insinuating that it's only women's fault that they're raped, by disappearing the men who rape.

You're on my shit list for all time. You have basically said "A 13 year old girl and her irrevocably changed life is unimportant, because this man is an Artist". You have said "A 13 year old girl is of no value, so why prosecute a man who rapes her?" You have said "It's not rape when the man is special".

Not to mention that skipping out on jail time is a criminal act. Also, fuck you, Polrapeski.

And you women? Are on my list. Of SHAME.

Debra Winger (Zurich Film Festival jury President)
Asia Argento
Monica Bellucci (SHAME)
Charlotte Silvera
Tilda Swinton (SHAME)
Isabelle Adjani
Isabelle Huppert
Diane von Furstenberg
Penelope Cruz
Sophie Deschamps
Christine Mathis
Sonia Rykiel
Natalie Portman (SHAME I SHAME YOU)
Kristin Scott Thomas
Emma Thompson (OH MY GOD SHAME)

(These are the women whose names I recognized; there are a lot more women who have signed the petition - see links below. How could they betray a 13 year old girl like that? Are they dazzled by the rapist's fame? Why should that make a difference? It's not even that he's saying he's innocent and they believe him; HE PLED GUILTY.)

Emma Thompson, I'm never going to be able to watch another movie of yours without remembering that you said the rapist of a 13 year old should not be punished. And that hurts. 

Freedom Eden's List

Ohnotheydidn't
 

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bertana
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:55 pm (UTC)
For some reason that I cannot currently fathom, I am just totally boggled by Natalie Portman and Emma Thompson.

I'm so disappointed by so many of these people that it just makes me want to cry. Or, alternatively, visit upon them a deep, personal and abiding understanding of real suffering.
tattycat
Oct. 6th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
Those two, and Tilda Swinton, just shock me to the core. Really, ladies? REALLY?
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eve_the_just
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
There should be a petition that people can sign to see that justice is served! I think it would be eye-opening to these elitist celebs to see that the rest of us (and probably some of them too) want to see people treated equally and to serve the time they are sentenced when they commit a crime. Lots of celebs have gone before the courts and fulfilled their sentences, even if they were slaps on the wrist, and I don't see any of their names on the list (Paris Hilton, Robert Downy Jr. and I'm sure there are others whose names I would recognize if they were there, which they are not)
heatermcca
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:59 pm (UTC)
"There should be a petition that people can sign to see that justice is served!"

There is a list of celebs, of sorts. Kevin Smith is on it. I think if you follow the ONTD link you'll find a link to it. If not, let me know. I can go dig it up.

Edited at 2009-10-06 03:00 pm (UTC)
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heatermcca
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
EMMA THOMPSON? What the shit?!
vitriolpoisoned
Oct. 6th, 2009 02:58 pm (UTC)
Tilda, Emma...how could you?!

It just makes me sick.
snailstichr
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:00 pm (UTC)
I just hope many/most of these signers realize they got caught up in a rising tide of emotion and recant their signatures.
Polanski isn't the one who has "suffered enough"; his victim is.
de_chanson
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Not-so-amazingly the first name on Freedom Eden's List is Woody Allen...sigh, what is wrong with humanity?
damedini
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:17 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I got a sick giggle out of that. Of course he'd be the first.
hugh_mannity
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:02 pm (UTC)
Whoopi Goldberg needs her head examined.

Fame obviously does something to most people's critical faculties.

Polanski needs to serve the original sentence (with time added for the years he avoided justice -- hell if they can add interest to late tax payments, they can damned well add interest to late justice payments!) and then be tried and sentenced appropriately for bail-jumping.

I've said it before, and I'll probably say it again, but WTH. The justice system is flawed. All justice systems are flawed to a greater or lesser degree, that's human nature. However, it's what we've got and it needs to be applied equally regardless of either the victim or perpetrator's status in any area of life. Equality under the law is one of the founding tenets of any civilised society, or at least it should be.

(Personally I think Polanski's pretty creepy even without the rape -- he seems to have a fondness for very young girlfriends which is something that I find distasteful.)
mooselover13
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:06 pm (UTC)
I don't usually respond to your posts because I figure you get plenty as is. However, I'd like to say Thank You.

The first thing that crossed my mind/lips when I heard on the radio about his finally being caught was, "About damned time!"

How anyone can excuse this is beyond me.
attack_laurel
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:42 pm (UTC)
:) Me too. There are some conspiracy theories running around about a quid pro quo with the Swiss banks, but it seems to boil down to Polanski's lawyers moving to dismiss, stating that the prosecutor wasn't rying very hard to bring him in, which appears to have prompten somewhat of an ORLY? response.
allison_is
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:38 pm (UTC)
. . . I thought better of Natalie Portman
damedini
Oct. 6th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Well, I just posted a message to The View's message boards. There are a lot of negative essages, with a lot of supporting comments, condemning Whoopie's support, and cheering Joy Behar's public rejection of the petition.
sarcasticmuppet
Oct. 6th, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
The hypocrisy of Hollywood should no longer astound me, but it does. But Emma Thompson is a blow. Why, Emma Thompson, WHY?!?!? :(

The really funny part (and by funny I mean mind-numbingly depressing) is that Polanski probably would have had a much better shot in a 70s court than today's, when public opinion was even more accommodating to rape than it is now.
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grnvixen
Oct. 6th, 2009 04:31 pm (UTC)
Of course the poor victim wants this dropped, she has had to relive this over and over, the longer RP drags it out. Not to mention what she went through at the time (called a "Lolita". Hello, he was supposed to be the adult!!!). His choice to skip town, these are the consequences of that choice. Take a big boy pill and grow up! Kudos to our justice system for holding him to this.

I was *very* surprised at some of the names on the list. Doesn't Thompson have a daughter now? What if this had been her child? I can only hope public reaction will make them rethink their position.

And you and welamom must have been channeling. Her post on the same subject: http://welamom.livejournal.com/40172.html
corsetrasewing
Oct. 6th, 2009 05:10 pm (UTC)
there are a few thoughts that are most prominent in my head
1. where the hell where her parents? why was she left unsupervised with a grown man?
2. If it were murder, we wouldn't have this. but since rape is seen as a lesser crime, and it is that old, people seem to think it is done and over with.
welshwmn3
Oct. 6th, 2009 05:53 pm (UTC)
Her mother took her there. Dressed up to "look like an adult".

That doesn't negate what he did was rape.
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olycaryn
Oct. 6th, 2009 05:32 pm (UTC)
Twenty five days in jail.

Didn't Paris do more time than that?
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