Sunday, October 4, 2009

Knock Woody Allen

During a crisis of conscience, who doesn’t wonder, “What would Woody do?” Well, thankfully, he didn't keep us waiting. The Polanski thing had me all confused until I heard about Woody's explanation and petition. I now understand pedophiles fall into two entirely separate categories: Those who make movies and those who don’t.

I could practically hear the “Don’t do us any favors,” groan when the Polanski camp learned they got a moral pass and high-five from Allen. The publicist screaming into the phone, “Idiot! When I said get Alan, I meant Alan Alda!”

One can debate whether this effort to bring Polanski to justice has been worth the effort and expense. But as to what led up to this in the first place, I don’t think there’s any room for argument at all.

34 comments:

  1. Wood-Yi is too much. After the Soon-Yi thing came out, I started thinking about the child themes in his movies - Manhattan, for example. He's creepy, that's for sure.

    I think some of the sympathy for Roman might have to do with the Sharon Tate murder.

    Don't forget Michael Jackson... I guess you're counting music videos as movies.

    As for "What would Woody do?", that's a question that gets asked more often as we get older.

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  2. Does Polanski have a "camp"? Eeeww.

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  3. It goes without saying that there are those who eclipse us simple mortals and get the special privileges, preferences, etc. Once you have your celebrity creed all things fall in place. I am offering advice to those representing the pedo in waiting. Trial site, Simi Valley or Santa Monica; Attorneys, what’s left of the old OJ Dream Team of Johnnie Cochran, F. Lee Bailey, Robert Kardashian, Robert Shapiro, and Alan Dershowitz. If someone complains of dredging up the past, I would simply ask, “You got an extra 13 year old daughter you would like to pass over to him?”

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  4. Did you see Megham Daum's LA Times column about Polanski and "pain as penance"?

    (Ties in with what Mr. Earl said about sympathy related to Manson murder)

    http://tinyurl.com/ybk8sj9

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  5. Woody? Really? Aw, don't do Roman any favors.

    Karin, you expressed this all so well with your final paragraph.

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  6. When someone gets caught doing something sordid, evil, completely wrong I have to wonder what they haven't been caught doing...

    Polanski's a big boy, he went to Switzerland even though his friends told him not to go. A real friend will stand by him while he takes responsibility for himself.

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  7. Susan posted a link to a good essay.

    I don't normally care what the rich and famous are up to, but I am baffled by what some are saying regarding this arrest and case. How some believe the sacredness and sanctity of children can be a relative concept.

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  8. I loved Woody Allen's movies...before the Soon-Yi thing. I'm glad I have company in boycutting his films.
    You have said it so well...excellent, concise piece.

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  9. Tash, I never consciously thought, "I'll never see another Woody Allen picture again." But I haven't been to one in--well, that long. For that reason, conscious or not. I don't want to look at him. I'm creeped out. He kind of no longer exists for me. Does that make any sense?

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  10. I started to tire of his films because at some point they seemed to be the same film each time.

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  11. Let me take Roman to another level. That's the worst hairdo/rug I've ever seen. I won't sleep tonight.
    V

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  12. V: Should he duke it out with Phil Spector for worst hairpiece?

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  13. hmm... (CB3Dot and AH) Am I experiencing Deja vu?"she finds herself thinking, while cleaning a pile of horse shoes.

    hmmm..."I wonder when the last time I had a Tetanus shot?" she wonders out loud

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  14. Hmmm. Ok, so which category do the...fall into?

    Oh, no comment. I can practically hear the, "Only a dog wooda said that!"

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  15. KB, I just heard from Fabrizio. He has buckets of Prosecco chilling for us. Grab your purse.
    V

    ME, I can't remember about Phil Whatshisname. Don't make me Google him this late. I will say it's almost as bad as Donald Trump's real hair. :)

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  16. WEll you knew I"d have to Google Spector and now I won't sleep for a week. Creeps, both of em.
    Nytol!!!
    V

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  17. Oh dear, all this material, ripe for pillaging. I think I'll just go rent a movie. Chinatown, anyone?
    Crimes and Misdemeanors?

    Hold the phone, did someone mention prosecco?

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  18. I agree, Hiker ~ no room for argument at all. That's a great article Susan linked to. On a side note, I'm not sure how exiling oneself to France is considered penance...

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  19. I had a photo up of RP, but took it down because I couldn't stand to look at it. And one should remember that in addition to a few good films, he also directed a criminally bad version of MacBeth.

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  20. we had a long talk about this while we waited for a reservation the other night. I think the conclusion we came to was that putting Polanski behind bars won't serve much good---other than costing the county/state oodles of money to maybe try and put him behind bars for probably the rest of his life. Yes, it would serve his sentence, but perhaps, imposing a huge fine, removing his work visa privileges...things that will hurt him now and do some good for this country now...more appropriate than just putting him behind bars and letting him rot.

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  21. Wasn't there some problem on the side of the judicial system as well? Polanski was told by a judge that if he did such and such something would happen, and that was a lie. They were talking about this on KPCC. Can't remember the facts. Not that this absolves Polanski of the crime but the system screwed up pretty seriously in the beginning and basically said, "better if you just leave the country." Does this ring anyone's bells?

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  22. I googled the petition, and your description of it actually does it justice. Unbelievable.

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  23. Petrea, that's what I remember, too.

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  24. The language of this petition is not to be missed. Oh, and did you know film festivals were places of sanctuary -- just like churches? Here:

    "By their extraterritorial nature, film festivals the world over have always permitted works to be shown and for filmmakers to present them freely and safely, even when certain States opposed this.

    "The arrest of Roman Polanski in a neutral country, where he assumed he could travel without hindrance, undermines this tradition: it opens the way for actions of which no-one can know the effects."

    Rapists aren't free to travel from one film festival to another? Good god man, is nothing sacred?

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  25. Well, if rapists aren't free to roam the earth then what's next? Murderers? What is the world coming to?

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  26. This whole thing makes me sick - not just the alleged crime but the "debate" around the issue. Great post.

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  27. Yesterday I watched "The Reader" for the first time and in the deleted scenes is a brilliant piece of dialogue about morality and the law and why the law has to prevail, even in the face of morality. Maybe they could screen that for Roman while he's in the big house/sanctuary?? The subject matter of the movie also got me thinking about how he responds to moral dilemmas in view of his background. Clearly, it's out of my sphere of experience, but I know right from wrong.

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  28. I think Polanski should come to L.A. to face justice w/o any fear! He's a celebrity and should have an easier time of it here than Joe or Joan Average.
    If I were a betting K9, I'd bet the man wood go free w/o any jail time for taking advantage of that little girl.

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  29. Why do you call him a rapist? Surely he is a paedophile? And the expression "take advantage of" is akin to calling a bomb a "device". Just because he has worldly goods, he should still be punished by rotting like poor people. If you think of it, rotting is a double-whammy.

    This issue is a no-brainer in Australia.

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  30. Alan Alda: He just gets more avuncular every year. I want him to be my grandpa.

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  31. yakpate.blogspot.com posted a piece that pretty much sums it up for me.

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  32. Petrea---yes---there was a "deal" 30 years ago, that he'd plead guilty, avoid trial and serve a short term to avoid a long prison stay. Then the politicos got involved and the talk was that the judge wanted to make an example out of him---and he panicked and was advised to run because LIFE in prison was on the table.

    I don't disagree that statutory rape is a bad thing---but as Scott Simon on NPR was trying to equate this and the catholic priest scandals---never is it right to have sex with under age folk---but there IS a huge difference between a groupie and an underage congregant---sometimes groupies will do things that, in the light of day seem really bad, but in that situation, seemed right for the star life (not condoning it, just stating fact of what I've witnessed). Like with MJ and his meds, the life is different than Joe Q Public's and really seems odd to the rest of us.

    If we're going to skewer Polanski, like I said---do damage now for him---fines, work permit holds...things that will do some good, rather than just having him sit around twiddling thumbs.

    But what I'd like to see is a full investigation of the process from 30+ years ago first.

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  33. Go snap up "Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired" on NETFLIX. It addresses a legal system where in P's case a corrupt judge tried to feed off of his star power. I'm not comfortable with that either. I may be even more uncomfortable with that.

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