Whoopi Calls Polanski Case 'Not Rape-Rape,' Triggers Uproar

Hollywood supporters facing off against angry feminists over sex with teen
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 30, 2009 4:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – Whoopi Goldberg's comment that Roman Polanski's sex with a 13-year-old girl wasn't really "rape-rape" has added fuel to the growing conflagration between the film director's Hollywood supporters and angry feminists. "I know it wasn't rape-rape. I think it was something else, but I don't believe it was rape-rape," Goldberg said on The View. Goldberg also implies that such sex wouldn't have been such a big deal in broad-minded Europe.

"The rest of the world thinks raping kids is a-okay, whoops, our bad, we're just too uptight about drugging people and forcing sex on them," snarks a blogger on Feministe. Meanwhile, it now appears Polanski will likely sit in a Swiss jail for weeks while his court battle unfolds. There had been speculation he would be placed under house arrest at his Swiss chateau, but an official said there has "never been a house arrest in such a situation."