As we discussed last week, Roman Polanski was kicked out of the Academy of Motion Picture and Sciences. AMPAS kicked out Polanski and Bill Cosby on the same day. Cosby still hasn’t said anything about it (or if he has, I haven’t cared?), but Polanski’s lawyer threw a hissy fit about AMPAS’s decision. I reminded everyone that just in the past year, additional victims have come forward to tell their stories of how Polanski abused them when they were underage as well. So, obviously, I guess we had to hear from Roman Polanski himself. Here’s what the a–hole had to say:
“Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear,” Polanski said, according to the Agence France-Presse. “I think it’s total hypocrisy. I think this is the kind of mass hysteria that occurs in society from time to time…Sometimes it’s very dramatic, like the French Revolution or the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre in France, or sometimes it’s less bloody, like 1968 in Poland or McCarthyism in the US.”
Ah, yes, the #MeToo movement is the New McCarthyism. McCarthyism was, in the larger sense, a sideshow of the Cold War in which artists were punished and blacklisted for having any kind of sympathies for or interest in communism. The #MeToo movement is about outing predators and allowing victims to tell their stories and be believed. Roman Polanski, a known and established rapist and sexual predator, calling the #MeToo movement “McCarthyism” is basically the equivalent of Donald Trump screeching “witch hunt” every day.
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