Anti-Semitism Got Polanski

Gore Vidal is less than PC while discussing Roman Polanski
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 29, 2009 10:06 AM CDT
In this 1992 file photo, author Gore Vidal is shown. Vidal will receive a lifetime achievement award at the 2009 National Book Awards on Nov. 18, 2009.   (AP Photo/file)
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(Newser) – Gore Vidal isn't afraid to say what he really thinks about the Roman Polanski fiasco. "I really don’t give a fuck. Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she’s been taken advantage of?" he tells the Atlantic in a wide-ranging interview, adding that the real story is getting twisted, and that "anti-Semitism got poor Polanski."

"The media can’t get anything straight," Vidal continues. "Plus, there’s usually an anti-Semitic and anti-fag thing going on with the press—lots of crazy things. The idea that this girl was in her communion dress, a little angel all in white, being raped by this awful Jew, Polacko—that’s what people were calling him—well, the story is totally different now from what it was then."