"I ask only to be treated fairly like anyone else," Polanski said in May, as officials spent months pondering his fate.Of course, that is precisely what he is NOT asking. If he were treated "like anyone else" he would have served his time in jail for the crime he pleaded guilty to. His money and influence have allowed him to flee the country and continue to work and live a life of luxury. "Fairness" was not any part of this equation.
And what better character witness to call forth on the child rapist's behalf than Woody Allen?
However, despite the rape allegations, many in Hollywood have continued to compliment his filmmaking skills and continue to work with him in Europe. Most recently, Woody Allen, who has seen his own share of controversy, said Polanski has suffered enough.He has "suffered enough", he was "embarrassed". Poor thing. And what of the 13-year-old girl he drugged and raped?
"It's something that happened many years ago ... he has suffered, he has not been allowed to go to the United States. He was embarrassed by the whole thing," Allen said during the Cannes Film Festival.
"He's an artist, he's a nice person, he did something wrong and he paid for it," the actor/director said. "[The critics] are not happy unless he pays the rest of his life. They would be happy if they could execute him in a firing squad."Woody, honey, I've loved some of your films and recognize your talent, but that kind of bullshit coming from you makes me want to put YOU in front of a firing squad!
And, what she said.
UPDATE: Also this, which points us to this.
There may be multiple updates to this post. These points can't be made often or loudly enough.