"In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face."
The comment from the French culture minister Frederic Mitterrand in regards to the arrest of Roman Polanski.
Roman Polanski gave drugs and champagne to a 13 year old girl and than committed several lude sex acts including intercourse. That is rape.
If the French want to label me "scary" because I think a child rapist belongs in jail, then that is a label that I will wear proudly.
Government ministers and France's cultural world have lauded Polanski as a great artist, a family man and a survivor of countless hardships who deserves peace at age 76. What happened to his wife and baby at the hands of the Manson family was horrible; but that does not mean he can rape a child and it be excused. Life doesn't work that way. I don't care how many movies you make.
I actually enjoy watching the oscars. It is the only awards show that I watch. I remember a few years back when he won a lifetime achievement award and watching him get a standing ovation. It made me sick to my stomach and literally gave me chills. Applauding a rapist, how sad our society is. Thinking that making a good movie makes up for hurting a child.
His 13 year old victim deserved her innocence and her childhood. He took that away from her. That is something that never comes back.