'Rat' Polanski Deserves a Boycott

Confessed rapist 'has never shown remorse'
By M. Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 12, 2010 1:54 PM CDT
The chalet of film director Roman Polanski in Gstaad, Switzerland, Monday, July 12, 2010.   (AP Photo/Keystone/Dominic Favre)
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(Newser) – The Swiss government's decision to free Roman Polanski on a technicality is bad enough; the fact that a lawyer for the filmmaker and confessed rapist called the move "a great relief after the pain suffered by Roman Polanski and his family" is "the definitive textbook example of unmitigated gall," Eugene Robinson writes for the Washington Post. "As long as he steers clear of US justice, why don't we steer clear of his movies?"

Yes, 33 years have passed since the 43-year-old Polanski raped and sodomized a 13-year-old girl, but it's worth remembering "that Polanski decided to run away rather than face the music," Robinson rages. Unfortunately, "he's not a legitimate candidate for kidnapping and rendition by the CIA," and it's small consolation that "he'll always have to look over his shoulder."

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