Excuse me for copying this verbatim from Thomas Hawk’s blog, but I couldn’t have said it better.
Over the past few days Iâ€™ve been watching the Roman Polanski story unfold. As much as Iâ€™ve been repulsed by Polanskiâ€™s 1977 rape of a 13-year-old girl, Iâ€™ve been absolutely flabbergasted and offended by the list of Hollywood elites and celebrities who have recently signed a petition demanding his release. Posting their names publicly in support of Polanski speaks loudly regarding their own lack of personal ethics and morality. Regardless of their friendships or professional affiliation with Polanski, by supporting him this way they are saying to the world that some of us are above the law. That some of us, due to artistic talent or past tragedy in life, or whatever, ought to somehow get a pass when it comes to the serious crime of raping a young girl.
Iâ€™m just a small time blogger and have nowhere near the voice of Hollywood A Listers like Woody Allen, Martin Scorsese, David Lynch and others. But itâ€™s hard for me to just sit by and not react to the brazen, public ethical and moral failure that their signatures on their petition represent. So Iâ€™ve decided to create my own petition that people can sign. My petition is one in support of the extradition and criminal prosecution of Polanski.
If you’d like to sign the petition, head over to the post at ThomasHawk.com and leave a comment. Here’s the petition:
PETITION SUPPORTING THE EXTRADITION OF ROMAN POLANSKI
Recently we have learned of the arrest of Director Roman Polanski on a 1978 warrant stemming from his fleeing a sentencing hearing related to a rape he committed of a 13-year old girl in 1977. We are outraged that Polanski has been able to escape justice this long for his crimes and that has been allowed to live as a free man abroad for over three decades. Regardless of oneâ€™s artistic achievements, regardless of oneâ€™s life tragedies, regardless if someone felt that they could travel legally in a neutral country, regardless of whether or not someone is being honored with a lifetime achievement award at a film festival, the crime of raping a child deserves punishment and the perpetrator of such an act should be brought to justice.
Money or powerful celebrity friends or political influence or artistic accomplishment should not have a bearing on oneâ€™s culpability for oneâ€™s crimes. All should be considered equal in the light of the law and Polanski should be afforded no special consideration given his status as a celebrity and artist.
As such, the undersigned fully support the extradition of Roman Polanski to the United States where he can finally be properly sentenced for his crimes.