Roman Polanski won’t attend this year’s Cesars because of French feminists


For years now, child rapist Roman Polanski has been languishing in Europe, mostly in Poland and France, although I think he also has a home in Switzerland. He’s married, he still works consistently and every time California tries to get him extradited, European courts shut it down. There’s definitely an air of “Europe has a higher tolerance for sexual predators,” although let’s also be fair: America just elected a sexual predator to the highest office in the land, so we’re not in any position to throw stones from our glass house. Here’s some good news though: it turns out that French feminists are really f—king tired of turning a blind eye to Roman Polanski’s significant issues. French feminists got his ass thrown out of the Cesars (the French Oscars).

Controversial film director Roman Polanski has pulled out of his role as the honorary host of the French Oscars after furious protests over his child rape case. The 83-year-old, who made the hit movies Chinatown and Rosemary’s Baby was accused of raping 13-year-old Samantha Geimer in Los Angeles in 1977. He later confessed to the crime but fled to France, where he has remained ever since.

Earlier this month, it was announced that he would give the opening speech at the Cesars, dubbed the French Oscars, which takes place in Paris next month. But after both women’s rights groups and even the French government criticised the decision, it has now been announced he has pulled out of the ceremony.

In a statement Polanski’s lawyer Herve Termine said the controversy had ‘deeply saddened Roman Polanski and affected is family’. Mr Termine added that decision to pull out had been made ‘in order not to disturb the Cesars ceremonies, which should focus on the cinema and not on the appointment of the (event’s) president.’

He also added that Polanski himself had attended many festivals and ceremonies in the course of his life and had received top awards without criticism of his attendance.

Polanski’s decision to pull out of the awards show came after leading French feminist group Osez le feminisme (‘Dare to be Feminist’) had called the decision by the French Academy of Cinema Arts and Techniques to invite Polanski ‘shameful’ and urged people to protest outside. France’s minister for women’s rights, Laurence Rossignol, said Friday she found it ‘surprising and shocking’ that the controversial filmmaker had been chosen for the awards. A petition calling for the 83-year-old to be removed garnered nearly 62,000 signatures.

However, while the choice of the Franco-Polish film-maker caused outrage for some, the director won backing from many French industry insiders.

‘I spoke to him yesterday by phone and I think we shouldn’t have added problems to the problems. He’s deeply hurt,’ said the director of the Cannes film festival, Thierry Fremaux, on Tuesday. ‘It’s a case you need to know well in order to speak about it. I know it well but I’m not going to add my own comments.’

[From The Daily Mail]

I agree that “it’s a case you need to know well in order to speak about it.” Which is why I would suggest reading about the victim’s statements about how Polanski drugged her, raped her and forcibly sodomized her when she was 13 years old. There’s a reason why people are still absolutely disgusted about Roman Polanski. And props to the French people who raised a ruckus. Good for them!


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  1. minx says:

    So, so sorry he’s “deeply hurt.” /s

  2. frisbee says:

    This just proves if women pull together we can be a force to be reckoned with, we can change things, protest can work. Pierce Morgan et al please note.

    • Tata says:

      Is there anyone French who can weigh in? I once heard feminism is not big in France because, a woman told me, “women are not at war with men, we are friends with them.”

      The (old) book almost French discussed this too, but within the context of her experiences in Paris which I know are not necessarily representative.

      • freebunny says:

        Feminism is as big in France as in other western countries.
        But usually french people are more laid back, as surprising as it can sound.
        By the way, it’s not only feminists who protested. People who don’t identify as feminist did too.

      • shelly says:

        Indeed freebunny, this is about common decency, and most people take a dim view of a “man” raping a 13 year old.

      • manta says:

        What? I’d like like to know from whom “you once heard” that?
        We’re basically raised with the names and stories of Antoinette Fouque, Simone de Beauvoir, Gisele Halimi, Elisabeth Badinter… The last 2 are regularly invited on radio, TV shows, any new book of them makes news in the written press.
        In the new generation, Caroline Fourest is one very vocal feminist. 2016 was the 40th anniversary of the legalization of abortion and Simone Veil, the minister who fought for it and gave her name to the law was again praised and celebrated.
        She regularly tops any ranking of favorite celeb people in the country.
        We fought for the right for school nurses to give the morning after pill in high schools and won.
        And just google the name of Jacqueline Sauvage: a woman jailed for the murder of her abusive husband. Months of petitions and campaigns from feminists from all over the country finally made Hollande pardon her .
        The difference is maybe we don’t feel the need to ask every starlet, actress or model her stance on the matter and tend to think supporting philosophers, lawyers, writers is more efficient. Hence maybe fewer catchy headlines.
        Knowing where Cotillard stands on feminist issues does nothing for me.

      • Oriane says:

        Everything you wrote! Totally on point!
        My high school philosophy teacher gave me Elisabeth Badinter’s “l’amour en plus” to read, it has been a major influence in my life and I’ve been ever since grateful for the great academic tradition of French feminism… for any issue, you know there is an intelligent take to be found in the canon.

      • Lapa says:

        Tata, a lot of french women have this kind of speech.
        Feminism is seen as a bad world, feminists as agressive women who hates men, I guess like in every western country, unfortunately.
        Our celebrities are very prude about feminism, unlike in USA where “feminism” is “trendy”.
        A lot of philosophers, lawyers and writers are deeply sexists (a lot of them are standing with Polanski)
        And two of the major candidates for the presidency are more or less anti-abortion (they don’t plan to ban it, but to stop health assurance for it).

      • freebunny says:

        @Lapa And we can see how much trendy glamourous feminism is effective in the USA.
        American feminists can be trendier and louder, but better be a woman in France than in the US.

      • Lapa says:

        I don’t know, I’ve never lived in the US, so I believe you.
        I just sayin that France is not a feminist country at all. And it could be worst in the future.

  3. Bread and Circuses says:

    I’m pretty sure the child he raped was deeply saddened (and, y’know, traumatized) and that it affected her family.

    So until he’s paid his debt to society, in prison, he and his poor feelings can suck rocks.

  4. Crox says:

    “Europe has a higher tolerance for sexual predators,”

    Depends on the country. He can’t just go everywhere in Europe either.

    There’s also a fact he’s a French citizen and France does not give their citizens to other countries to stand trial. USA doesn’t either, BTW.

    Other than that, good that this is happening. He should answer for his crime too, and if it can’t be done like it should, this is at least a sign that people don’t just forget.

    • Neens says:

      But that’s what extradition treaties are for.

      • Sixer says:

        But to be fair, the US is infamous for unequal extradition behaviour.

      • freebunny says:

        The USA never ever extrades US citizens, even for major crimes.
        Countries just do that, it’s part of their sovereignty.

      • Neens says:

        That is untrue. Here’s a very recent example.

      • Crox says:

        Lamb of God singer Randy Blythe was a suspect of manslaughter in the Czech Republic (a fan climbed on stage during his show, Blythe pushed him down, the boy later died from injuries to the head). The USA did not want to cooperate when the Czech asked for him. Blythe was then arrested 2 years later when he toured CR again. The strange thing is he didn’t even know they were looking for him. The US did not even inform him, how shady was that? He was then held in prison in CR for flight risk.

        Anyway, he was let go from prison when they were preparing the trial and he flew back to the US. To his credit, he returned to CR voluntarily to stand trial.

        My point is, the US perhaps extradites sometimes, but it’s not common. In my country, a very rich couple was accused of tax invasion in the US and there were long political/media/public debates why we should give them our citizens when USA so rarely gives theirs.

  5. detritus says:

    Good. I was so shocked when they announced his position with the Ceasars.
    This shows that our actions make a difference. This is the beginning.

  6. Lucy2 says:


  7. pinetree13 says:

    “accused of raping”

    He confessed. Why does the exert say “accused of raping” as the lead-in. How about “CONFESSED CHILD RAPIST..”

    This man DISGUSTS me. I cannot believe how few consequences he has faced. Rot in hell scum.

  8. Original T.C. says:

    Before the Polanski apologist run in here crying “but the victim forgave him and he gave her money”. His victim was run through the ringer by international press as some type of 13-year old prostitute pushed by her pimp mother to seduce this a$$hole, every time this case comes up. How many of you have the fortitude to stand being re-victimized by the global press over and over again?

    Also in law, it does not matter if a victim outwardly forgives, it’s a crime against our society, our laws. That is why the White Supremacist who murdered innocent Black Christians praying in church was still prosecuted even though forgiven by their families.

    Also, Polanski didn’t “give” Samantha any money. She sued him in civil court, won and Polanski again tried to get out of a court judgement by not paying her. She had to go back to court years later to have them legally extract the settlement he owed her. Yeah and miss him with that “but the original judge went back on his word” crap.

    I guess we should also overlook his history of dating underage girls because the poor dear’s wife was murdered. Because you apparently get to rape and sodomize children whenever you have a personal tragedy!

  9. Susie says:

    Let’s not forget that we just nominated a guy who sexually harassed two women on the set of his movie, Casey Affleck. How come he’s getting away with this? #notmynominee

    • Chanteloup says:

      Agree. You could not pay me to see that movie. I don’t care how many awards it’s up for.

  10. Suzie says:

    I really cannot understand why smart and esteemed actors like Meryl Streep and Nathalie Portman support Polanski and gave him a standing ovation. What if this had happened to their own daughter?
    Same with Woody Allen – they’re all in line to work with him. So much complacence.

    • kimbers says:

      Portman has a different sense of mind bc she was a child star i think. She’s a bit pretentious and likes to think art is above law.

    • Digital Unicorn (aka Betti) says:

      Because working with him generally get people an Oscar nom. The industry loves him.

      He’s a disgusting excuse for a human being, who needs to face justice but the only justice he will face is the one he will get from St Peter at the pearly gates.

      The fact that an admitted child rapist and paedo can get away with it for so many years shows how far we still have to go to protect women and children – we need to keep momentum going.

    • Crox says:

      I think with Woody the problem is that the Soon-Yi situation, as gross as the idea is, was consentual and they are not related by blood, so nobody (especially Hollywood with all their sins) would point fingers at him for that. As for Dylan Farrow, many people don’t believe her and – thanks partially to her brother – paint Mia as this vindicative force behind it. I believe her, BTW, I’m just saying that in Woody’s case if people think he’s innocent, they feel no moral obligation not to work for him.

      Polanski on the other hand admitted his crime and was convicted and has been since avoiding justice, so I can’t see how people can defend him, other than by victim blaming. Or indifference.

  11. Heather says:

    Good, let him hide at home and wear a veil when he goes out in public.

    • shelly says:

      No way he shouldn’t hid his face, people need to know not to let their young daughters anywhere near him !!!

      Agree he should stay indoors though !!

  12. Pandy says:

    Poor Roman. We bitchy wimmen just won’t let his sexual abuse of a teenager go away already …

  13. serena says:

    Aw ‘he’s deeply hurt’ and ‘that affected is family’ boo-booh, poor child molester is sad!

  14. La Montagne says:

    The info of him being honorary president of the Cesar was first relied through the Feminist group Paye ta Shnek (vulgar slang that is kinda hard to translate so let’s just say it’s something related to genitals) they started a petition on FB and gained instant support from feminists and non feminists, so it’s not just us actually, the headline is a bit misleading. His nomination raised quite a few eyebrows even before PTS launched the petition.
    Also, Cesars are a joke, no way comparable to the Oscars or critics choice Awards

    • JaneFr says:

      “Cesars are a joke, no way comparable to the Oscars or critics choice Awards”… Because?

  15. JRenee says:

    Jail him!

  16. littlemissnaughty says:

    No no NO. Europe has a higher tolerance …. NO. Why is it still a thing to lump us all together? Without googling, can anyone even say how many countries belong to Europe? Oh but God forbid I talk about Africa like that. They’re continents. And have you been to Sweden? Talk about a country that has no tolerance for this sh*t. That’s Europe too.

    As for Polanski, he belongs in prison. Good for them for at least getting him away from one award show.

    • Kate says:

      everyone talks about Africa like that and it’s ridiculous in both cases. On the rest, i completely agree. Polanski belongs in prison. Miserable pos.

  17. Fireranger says:

    Why won’t these deplorable, decrepit old white men die off already!? I suppose even God doesn’t want them.

    • Chanteloup says:

      Seriously, they’re like some sort of nuclear cockroaches, scrabbling around creating stank and filth and refusing to die

      That was dark. But not dark enough

  18. Wanda says:

    This why I don’t have respect for many people in Hollywood. They bash Trump at any given chance but also give standing ovations to this rapist. Both of them are disgusting but somehow this person gets a pass.

    • K2 says:

      I’m afraid this is all too true. I can think of five people who are either proven or alleged to have predated on women, some on little girls, and they are feted. The same women who passionately speak on marches or women’s issues coo over the genius of these men. It’s depressing.

      • shelly says:

        This is the irony of Hollywood, it has always chewed young people up and spat them out. Women in particular.
        It is also as racist as f*ck.

        They pay lip service to liberalism but in truth Women are still valued less than Men, they get paid less, their careers are over much sooner, and they are more likely to be asked to do a full nude scene than a Man ever will.

        And don’t get me started on their treatment of people of colour.

        Then they stand up at awards ceremonies and pat themselves on the back for their inclusiveness as they totter off to their limos’ clutching their goody bags.

  19. enora says:

    oui!!! Quand meme!At last…..crapy old man…artist….

  20. Veronica says:

    Good. The object of any protest should be to make the powerful feel uncomfortable.

  21. Lapa says:

    Glad he decided not to go, furious that he decided to, and not the Cesar Academy.
    The french feminists were perfect on this.
    But a lot of french celebrities still defend him (journalists, actors, and even the french minister of culture, who is a woman). What we can hear and read these days in France about “poor Polanski” is pretty disgusting. Rape culture at his worst.

  22. K2 says:

    This is really good news. Unexpectedly good news.