Posts Tagged ‘Roman Polanski’

Here is an item from the Reuters:
‘Major U.S. newspapers called on the Oscar winner to account for the crime, and commentators said U.S. public opinion was running strongly against Polanski.”
This reminds me of a similar public outcry in the Victorian England. Here the target was an Irish genius, a wit and his jibes, a thorn on the side of hypocritical Victorian society. Oscar Wilde had ridiculed their hypocrisies and when he fell they made it sure he was destroyed. Evil of these hypocrites took the guise of social orderliness and fatherly feeling. Marquess Queensberry was seen by the public as a father who would resist his son being corrupted by a pederast. In real his son was a confirmed homosexual even before Oscar Wilde began ‘feasting with panthers ‘as he put it. But the public outrage needed a victim and Wilde, the outsider fitted the bill perfectly. So much for the public outcry against so called ‘moral turpitude.’ The US newspapers are no different from those who gloated on the downfall of Wilde.Polanski is an outsider,of Polish and French extract. His lifestyle was not of American pie and flag waving as of the moral majority.
Wilde found fame in London just as he fell because he was an outsider. Law tried him as an equal only that justice was of doubtful quantity.
Justice that the public cried was not so much for establishing their middleclass correctness or for propriety or justice. When he was sentenced the prostitutes danced on the streets because homosexuals were cutting into their business.
Why did Queensberry pursue Wilde with implacable hatred? He was convinced that his one son had died earlier in a homosexual scandal in which Lord Roseberry who later became the PM of Great Britain was a party.(His son Drumlanrig was afraid of blackmail over his relations with Roseberry.)
From above we see that before Law all are equal but Justice served comes in  tainted dishes.

Thus when the US public cries for justice they merely hide all their prejudices and social injustices to which they are party to and gives lip service to Justice. If only there was a public outcry against Bush when he embarked on his war against Iraq or against Abu Gharib atrocities. There are so many wrongs still in circulation that they could rail against and also work for the good of all.
Tailspin: Law sent Wilde to prison and broke him. His creative genius could not survive the inhuman treatment meted out to him after the fashion of Victorian sense of Justice. Redeeming nature of their prison system was not what could have left the best part in him, his genius, in tact. Effect of justice for a dockworker is different from that of man of letters. Shylock in the Merchant of Venice had the right to his pound of flesh but he had no right to the man’s blood. Collateral damage the Law exacts from his spirit or from those who are dependent on him makes Justice somewhat questionable.

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Roman Polanski arrived  in Zurich to receive a lifetime achievement award from a film festival. There was an arrest warrant pending and it had for more than 30 years not served on him. On a nod from the Swiss Justice Ministry the Swiss police arrested the famous director last Saturday.
A complicated legal process awaits all sides as the United States sought to secure his extradition for having sex in 1977 with a 13-year-old girl, and fleeing to France a year later.
Before law the famous, rich and ordinary people are all equal. The dirty heel of Law makes justice questionable when it has dragged its feet for so long. What if the 13 year old girl had expressed her unwillingness to pursue the matter? Should Law exact its pound of flesh or dispense justice to cases more pressing and important ? Roman Polanski, undoubtedly crossed the boundaries of decency to subject the girl to sex under champagne and drugs. Was he a habitual predator ever since?
Considering the long lapse of Justice to make an example of him for public morality when it could have had some weight, what this arrest serves her? OJ Simpson had it coming with a public outcry against him, and now Roman Polanski ise to be thrown to the wolves.  Yes his lifestyle sex,drugs are like rags before some bureaucratic busybodies. Isn’t there vindictiveness more than genuine love for law in operation here? Does this arrest gives a clear message Law is impartial? No I don’t think so.
Does it not smell rather foul given some unsavory circumstances of the director’s escape? I understand there was a plea bargain on the cards? I read also about vindictiveness of a minion of law who reneged on the bargain.
Given Roman Polanski’s childhood trauma and Law’s inability to serve Justice either on the director or to the girl in time he should be allowed to live out his life in self-exile. The USA is better off without him as he is better off being not  subjected to their peculiar notions of moral code. In treating art and the fallen alike France still earns my respect.This is my opinion.
Now I hold no brief for the Swiss notion of justice or for their cultural maturity. When I hear Switzerland all I can recall is Orson Welles summing up of their greatness in The Third Man. I  suppose strictly speaking cuckoo clocks come not from Switzerland proper but from the border around Black Forest area. Switzerland , in any case has for long spoken ill of. A similar fate awaits them if they are to play the cat’s paw for other nations.

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