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Personally, I think drugging and raping 13 year old girls is wrong.

September 27, 2009
Polanski, who drugged and raped a 13 year old girl

Polanski, who drugged and raped a 13 year old girl

Call me crazy, but drugging and raping a 13 year old is kind of a bad thing. It’s kind of like…well, DRUGGING THEN RAPING A 13 YEAR OLD. There’s a lot of misinformation and urban legends surrounding Roman Polanski, but one thing is certain: he’s admitted to drugging and then raping a 13 year old.

Sure, Roman Polanski has had a hard life. His wife was murdered, and he grew up in Warsaw during the Second World War. He has had some bad circumstances in which to live. This isn’t lost on me—that’s a shitty hand to be dealt. What I also understand is that he hasn’t been in trouble since drugging and raping that 13 year old girl. That’s quite an achievement for someone who drugged then raped a 13 year old girl.

One thing about the drugging rape of the 13 year old girl that I used to believe was that the girl lied about her age. Hey, you know, it happens. So then Roman Polanski shouldn’t be punished for drugging and raping a 13 year old girl, he should be punished for drugging and raping a….wait a minute! That’s kind of bad no matter how you put it.

The kicker to the whole “she lied about her age” defense is that Roman Polanski asked the girl’s mother for permission to photograph her. So, unless we’re talking about a man who drugs and rapes 13 year old girls, but has maintained some kind of Victorian ethos about asking the mother for permission to photograph an adult daughter, Roman Polanski knew damn well that the girl he drugged and then raped was a minor.

Another urban legend out there is that Roman Polanski served his time, but a vicious, vengeful judge wanted to make an example of a celebrity who drugged and raped a 13 year old girl. It is true that Polanski served some time for the rape. He put in a solid 42 days of a 90 day psych evaluation for the rape, then once released from the psychiatric evaluation, he fled the country. According to a Washington Post article (September 20, 1977), Polanski “…was ordered imprisoned for a 90-day psychiatric study to help the judge decide his sentence.” That wasn’t his sentence, that was an evaluation. Polanski fled not because of an overzealous judge, but because his actual sentencing was coming up (for drugging, then raping a 13 year old girl).

Now that Polanski is in custody, there are going to be articles of support for him, and articles decrying his actions. There is going to be a lot of revisionist attitudes, and those old ‘Roman Polanski was the real victim’ bullshit arguments. One has already been put up on HuffPost. John Farr (some unknown hack who reviews movies for a living) wrote a piece calling for leniency for Polanski because he’s been ‘rehabilitated’. If by that he means living in the lap of luxury and completely avoiding being punished for drugging and raping a 13 year old, then yeah, he’s completely rehabilitated.

Please, for all that’s right in the world, think about this case. Think about a 13 year old girl being fed champagne and quaaludes by a 44 year old man. Think about how he led her to a bed, refused to stop when she repeatedly said “No!”, performed oral and anal acts upon her person, and think about his complete lack of spine. Think about how he fled the country to live in luxury. Think about it all.

Say it with me: He drugged and raped a 13 year-old girl.

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If Bristol Palin was the Star of ‘Juno’

October 5, 2008

Hilarious. There’s way too much material to work with this election cycle, and we finally have the technology to really take advantage of that material. You have to love this day and age (except for the economic crisis, war, famine, and all that stuff).

Thanks Tyranny of the Mooses for pointing out the video! Great Blog, check it out!

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Mongol

September 16, 2008

I just watched Sergei Bodrov’s Mongol.

Honestly, I’m still digesting it, but I think it may be underrated. Sure, it won the Nika award for just about everything, and got some acclaim otherwise (Oscar nomination, Best Foreign Language Film), but there wasn’t a lot of press for it here in the US. In such a strong group of entrants for 2008, it holds it own in the company of Beaufort and Die Falsher, and certainly was far stronger than Katyn (although still a very good movie. I can’t say anything for 12, as I haven’t seen it yet). The movie was strong in every element that it chose to pursue, but the love story (even to this fairly cynical guy) was excellent.

All in all, it’s a great story about Temujin’s (Genghis Khan) rise to becoming the Great Khan of the Mongol Empire. It follows his early years and hardships along the way, ending at his consolidation of power within Mongolia itself. It paints a portrait that is uncommon when dealing with a character that is regarded as a ruthless barbarian–affectionate, intelligent, and honorable.

One of the best parts of the movie? Khulan Chuluun. For a guy, she made it worth watching no matter if it had been a musical adaptation of Steel Magnolias. Absolutely Beautiful. She puts the ogle in Mongol (even though it’s not in Mongol…errr…umm…). But, on a more serious note, the cinematography was first rate. The scenes are all visually poetic, and it is very apparent that a lot of time and effort must have gone into picking locations.

See Die Falsher first, if you haven’t already, but definitely put Mongol on your list. It’s worth the watch.