Director Roman Polanski raped a 13-year-old girl in the 1970’s and then fled the country to avoid facing justice. He was recently expelled from the Motion Picture Academy 41 years after his rape conviction because Hollywood only recently discovered that sexual assault is a bad thing. Polanski on the other hand still doesn’t believe it’s all that bad. When asked what he thinks about the #MeToo movement, which is victims of sexual misconduct coming forwards to tell their stories, he said it was nothing but mass hysteria.
Film director Roman Polanski dismissed the #MeToo movement as “mass hysteria” and “hypocrisy” in a Polish interview carried out before he was expelled from the Oscars academy.
The 84-year-old Oscar-winning director of “Rosemary’s Baby” was last week expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences along with actor Bill Cosby, in light of sexual assault cases against both men.
Asked what he thinks of the movie industry’s recent reckoning with sexual harassment, Polanski told this week’s edition of Newsweek Polska: “I think this is the kind of mass hysteria that occurs in society from time to time.”
Is it really all that shocking that a guy who drugged, rapped, and sodomized a 13-year-old thinks that female victims finding the courage to accuse their abusers is just a bunch of hysterical women?
It actually gets worse:
“Sometimes it’s very dramatic, like the French Revolution or the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre in France, or sometimes it’s less bloody, like 1968 in Poland or McCarthyism in the US,” said Polanski.
When people talk about McCarthyism, they are referring to a period of American history when people were falsely accused of being communists and had their lives destroyed because of it. For Polanski to compare #MeToo to this means he’s saying that these women are lying about being victims just so they can ruin the lives of men like him.
“Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear… I think it’s total hypocrisy,” Polanski said.
He’s at least right that Hollywood liberals are hypocrites, but then he goes right back to being wrong. In regards to his expulsion from the Academy, this was his response:
Polanski himself called the decision last week “the height of hypocrisy”, according to his lawyer Jan Olszewski.
Olszewski added that comparing Polanski to Bill Cosby, who was also expelled from the Academy for sexual assault, was “a total misunderstanding and harassment.”
Let’s see, Bill Cosby was convicted of drugging and raping adult women and Polanski was convicted of drugging and raping a young girl. He’s right, there is no comparison. Polanski is actually worse.
Also, where’s the misunderstanding in what he did? Is it possible to drug a young girl, perform sexual acts on her against her will and still have it be consensual?
Just the fact that he thinks it’s harassment for the Academy to boot him for raping a 13-year-old shows how little regard he has for the seriousness of what he did. He is however right again about the Academy being hypocrites for expelling him because they still harbor many Hollywood sexual predators like child molester Woody Allen.