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Trillin's Ode to Polanski

by Anne Thompson
October 14, 2009 9:50 AM
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Calvin Trillin puts his feelings about the folks who defend Roman Polanski into poetic verse for The Nation:

A youthful error? Yes, perhaps.
But he's been punished for this lapse--
For decades exiled from LA
He knows, as he wakes up each day,
He'll miss the movers and the shakers.
He'll never get to see the Lakers.
For just one old and small mischance,
He has to live in Paris, France.
He's suffered slurs and other stuff.
Has he not suffered quite enough?
How can these people get so riled?
He only raped a single child.

Read the rest of the poem here.

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  • Tina Martinez | October 15, 2009 7:02 AMReply

    to Matthew:
    I would agree with Jim that it is not surprising Polanski and the woman (the girl at the time?) have different viewpoints. He also did plead guilty. And even if it was "consensual," she still was a child at the time.
    It is also not surprising that his autobiography was written in a way that makes him look like a "wonderful man."

  • James | October 14, 2009 11:40 AMReply

    If he was so innocent, why did he plead guilty? If you are going to take responsibility for your actions, do so. Perhaps it is wrong for us to cast judgement on him. However, it is more than a little moronic for the Hollywood weirdos to give him a free pass on this. Thank goodness the powers that be in our justice system aren't part of the "if it feels good, do it" lifestyle that thrives in the entertainment industry. We want to reward those who have done nothing, and ignore those who have done severe wrong...

  • Jim | October 14, 2009 11:29 AMReply

    @Matthew, Not surprising they have different viewpoints. In other news, 9 out of 10 participants surveyed said they enjoyed gang-rape.

  • Matthew Mawkes | October 14, 2009 10:59 AMReply

    How utterly moronic and uninformed. Polanski and the woman involved have very different accounts of what happened. Justice is not so clear cut sometimes. I've read his autobiography recently and I think he's not only a wonderful director but a wonderful man.

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