Daily Archives: September 30, 2009

Hollywood, Polanski, Phillips, and rape – updated

Updated below.

Hollywood has come out in defense of Roman Polanski and Mackenzie Phillips has come out about her past.

Whoopi Goldberg said that what Roman Polanski did wasn’t “rape-rape“.

Debra Winger said that the arrest was “based on a three-decades-old case that is dead but for minor technicalities. We stand by him and await his release and his next masterpiece.

The Anchoress whose latest post contrasts two Polish men, one a filmmaker, the other a Pope, Althouse, and Patterico (scroll down) have much more on the Polanski issue and the fallout.

Of course it was a rape. Mr. Polanski gave a 13-year-old child part of a Quaalude and some champagne and sodomized her. The case isn’t “dead but for minor technicalities.” He pleaded guilty and fled the country before being sentenced. He’s led a good life for the past 30 years. He’s been able to make films and receive awards. That he wasn’t able to come to the United States is on him. He could have come here at any time, and been sentenced and served his sentence and gone on with his life. Now he’s just delayed the sentencing and added more time for fleeing.

The other story was that of Mackenzie Phillips. She wasn’t a minor, but the quote says a lot. In her new biography she says that 30 years ago, when she was 19 and about to get married, she took drugs with her father and passed out.

My father was not a man with boundaries. He was full of love, and he was sick with drugs. I woke up that night from a blackout to find myself having sex with my own father.

No Mackenzie. You didn’t wake up having sex with your father. You woke up being raped by your father.

What has happened that one person wakes up being raped and says it was just “having sex” and another, 13-year-old child’s rape is considered by some to not be a “rape-rape” because the child was not beaten and “forced”? The woman was raped as was the child. Drugs were involved in both. That doesn’t make either one any less of a rape.


Dafydd at Big Lizards (cross-posted at Hot Air’s Rogue’s Gallery) says that the sentence may have been 48 days to bring the total sentence including time served to 90 days. For raping a 13-year-old child! 90 days. He fled the country for a month and half in jail.