Well okay, nobody is saying that Polanski didn't rape a child, they simply aren't calling it rape, or sodomy, and they aren't calling the victim a child. In fact, it is more likely that Polanski is referred to as a victim than the child.
Vying for the title of most misleading (dishonest?) reporting ever is the Washington Post's Anne Applebaum, who made it pretty clear that she wouldn't allow little things like facts get in her way by titling her post The Outrageous Arrest of Roman Polanski. I will give her credit for providing a bit of comic relief by claiming that poor Polanski had paid for his lapse by among other things, suffering from "professional stigma." Heh. Like having sex with underage girls, rape or not, subjects anyone in Hollywood to stigma. More likely the reaction would be, "so how was she?" We're not talking about people known for their stellar morals.
Roman Polanski raped a child. Let's just start right there, because that's
the detail that tends to get neglected when we start discussing whether it was
fair for the bail-jumping director to be arrested at age 76, after 32 years in "exile" (which in this case means owning multiple homes in Europe, continuing to work as a director, marrying and fathering two children, even winning an Oscar, but never -- poor baby -- being able to return to the U.S.). Let's keep in mind that Roman Polanski gave a 13-year-old girl a Quaalude and champagne, then raped her,
before we start discussing whether the victim looked older than her 13 years, or
that she now says she'd rather not see him prosecuted because she can't stand the
media attention. Before we discuss how awesome his movies are or what the
now-deceased judge did wrong at his trial, let's take a moment to recall that
according to the victim's grand jury testimony, Roman Polanski instructed her to get
into a jacuzzi naked, refused to take her home when she begged to go, began
kissing her even though she said no and asked him to stop; performed cunnilingus
on her as she said no and asked him to stop; put his penis in her vagina as she
said no and asked him to stop; asked if he could penetrate her anally, to which
she replied, "No," then went ahead and did it anyway, until he had an
Doesn't sound like the kind of guy anyone would defend, yet they do. But Kate Harding got it right, Roman Polanski raped a child.
The Daley Gator understands that Roman Polanski raped a child. Bless you Gator.