That would have been of course beyond the pale and unforgivable. Drugging a 13 year old so you can have sex with her is, well.....the idea is probably a bit of a turn on for some of these people.
And would our cultural and artistic elite be so forgiving of Polanski if he was a Roman Catholic priest?
Now, I know some people are sexually precocious at a very young age. Let's not forget that the wife of Bob Hawke, Blanche d'Alpuget, has been open about the fact that she had sex with a family friend, (who happened to be a judge), when she was 12.
She has spoken about how she couldn't understand his mortification after the event.
I know someone who was propositioned by a 14 year old at the beach.
But the fact remains that a law was broken by Polanski, he did ply a minor with drugs and alcohol, and why should he get away with it because he's famous and the luvvies love him when you or I, in a similar situation, would have no choice but to face the consequences of our actions?
And it's funny, but while I've known about Polanski being effectively on the run from this matter for a long time, I'd never heard about the drug and alcohol angle to the story, and it has been interesting to see how on the SBS news the other night the reporter clearly was intent on giving as critical a treatment of Polanski's arrest and those who support it as possible, while yet again avoiding any mention of this aspect of what he did.
More from the Instapundit:
MEGAN MCARDLE ON ROMAN POLANSKI: “You would think we’d busted him for unpaid parking tickets. The guy drugged a thirteen year old girl in order to rape her. Perhaps the French have some sophisticated, European point of view on these things that I, with my puritan ancestry, simply cannot rise to.”
Or they could just be miserable shitheels. Related item here: “Let’s keep in mind that Roman Polanski gave a 13-year-old girl a Quaalude and champagne, then raped her.” Just remember: If he weren’t a member of the politico-artistic elite, he’d have done hard time already.
But, since he is, we get this: Hollywood Unites To Defend Polanski. “If his unspeakable deed doesn’t meet the standard, what exactly would Roman Polanski have to do in order to become a pariah in this town … I mean, besides vote for Sarah Palin?”