Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Whoopi’s defense of Polanski is just unbelievable

Posted By on Wed, Sep 30, 2009 at 11:13 AM

Whoopi Goldberg is deservedly in a world of shit today because of her statements regarding film director Roman Polanski yesterday on The View.  Goldberg sort-of defended Polanski, who was arrested Sunday in Switzerland for skipping out on a sentencing hearing in 1977 after pleading guilty to having sex with Samantha Gailey, a minor, at Jack Nicholson’s house. When other The View panelists called Polanski’s actions “rape,” Goldberg said that Polanski’s crime “wasn’t rape-rape.” Goldberg told her fellow panelists, “. . .when we're talking about what someone did, and what they were charged with, we have to say what it actually was, not what we think it was.”

OK, technically, it was statutory rape, but still ...  it was a 44-year-old drugging, and then having sex with, a 13-year-old. Come on. Goldberg’s defense of Polanski went on to imply that Europeans view sex with minors differently than Americans, which is A. irrelevant since he was in Los Angeles at the time, and B. odd because European countries will throw your ass under a jail pretty quickly if you’re some 44-year-old guy diddling a 13-year-old. Goldberg’s comments are reminiscent of her defending Michael Vick’s dog-fighting enterprise because “he comes from the Deep South,” where cultural differences exist and dog-fighting “is tolerated and not questioned.” (Never mind that Vick is from Virginia Beach, hardly the Deep South, but let’s move on.)

It’s one thing to examine the cultural assumptions involved in complicated situations, but it’s quite another thing to then justify nearly anything because of “cultural differences.” Specifically, for someone like Whoopi Goldberg, who was once a role model for women’s rights, to make excuses for a pedophile — no matter how odd or vindictive his arrest 32 years later may be — is nothing short of disgusting, and brings to mind the title of one of Polanski’s most acclaimed films, Repulsion.

Conservative pundits are having a field day with Goldberg’s comments, painting all liberals now as defenders of pedophilia, blah blah, since all liberals apparently think identically about everything, so here’s a big, fat “Gee, thanks, Whoopi” for giving them such an easy target.

Meanwhile, since Goldberg wants to be sure that discussions of Polanski’s crime are correct regarding “what it actually was,” here are excerpts from Samantha Gailey’s grand jury testimony. Some of this is pretty graphic, so beware.

Q: Did you take a quaalude?

A: I took part of it.

Q: Where did you get this part?

A: [Polanski] gave it to me.

Q: After he kissed you did he say anything?

A: No.

Q: Did you say anything?

A: No, besides I was just going, "No. Come on, let's go home."

Q: What was said after you indicated that you wanted to go home when you were sitting on the couch?

A: He said "I'll take you home soon."

Q: Then what happened?

A: He went down on me. . . he placed his mouth on my vagina.

Q: What happened after that?

A: He started to have intercourse with me.

Q: What do you mean by intercourse?

A: He placed his penis in my vagina.

Q: What did you say, if anything, before he did that?

A: I was mostly just on and off saying, "No, stop." But I wasn't fighting really because I, you know, there was no one else there and I had no place to go.

Q: What did he say, if anything?

A: He didn't answer me when I said, "No."

A: . . .Then he lifted my legs up farther and he went in through my anus.

Q: When you say he went in your anus, what do you mean by that?

A: He put his penis in my butt.

Q: Did you resist at that time?

A: A little bit, but not really because--(pause.)

Q: Because what?

A: Because I was afraid of him.

Q: Do you know what a climax is?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you know whether he had a climax?

A: Yes.

Q: And how do you know that?

A: Because I could kind of feel it and it was in my underwear. It was in my underwear. It was on my butt and stuff.

Q: When you say that, you believe that he climaxed in your anus?

A: Yes.

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