Polanski Out on Bail, French Fail to See What the Big Deal Is

Looks like everyone’s favorite film director/sexual predator Roman Polanski is about to make bail. Though currently locked up, the director of The Pianist, Rosemary’s Baby and Chinatown will soon be relaxing at his Swiss chalet with his own personal electronic monitoring device. He’ll just have to pony up a $4.5 million bail to the Swiss court first. (They are so practical about money.) Let’s hope some paparazzi snaps a photo of Polanski with his ankle bracelet. Criminals always looks so funny and ashamed in those things, like dogs wearing medical cones.


Again, everyone’s shocked at the number of celebrities petitioning for his release. But take a closer look at that list. Yes, there are a few pillars of society defending Polanski, like Woody Allen (who no-one would ever suspect of sexual deviance). The majority, however, are just a bunch of French people you’ve never heard of who think fifteen is a terrific age of consent. Don’t forget about French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand, who passionately defended Polanski. His 2005 memoir, The Bad Life, describes his fun-filled trips to Thailand when "got into the habit of paying for boys."

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5 Responses

  1. redbank

    Just want to remind you that the victim was actually 13 years old — not 15 years old. Hadn’t heard about the stuff in Thailand – he really has a sickness.

  2. Puck

    While you’re providing your free factchecking service, Redbank, it might be wise to point out that the ‘stuff in Thailand’ referred to a French Government Minister who supported Polanski, not Polanski himself.

  3. Anonymous

    But he’s dug himself a partisan hole with this big bill, and it’ll be interesting to breitling watches see him try to dig his way out. On the one hand, an Academy Award is nothing to sneeze at. Bullock has


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