Mud Men: Polanski & Le Miserable Patrick Goldstein of the Los Angeles Times

The real tragedy is that he will always, till his death, be snubbed

Hmmm, I didn't realize that part of snubbing was to be nominated for and/or win Academy Awards.

Posted by Sara (Pal2Pal) at September 29, 2009 3:04 PM

In the Seattle Times today there is an article on this sordid episode written by a couple of celebrity-toadies at the LAT, that refers to Polanksi's "alleged assault" on the 13-year-old.

To those who will dissemble about a horrible crime as if it were an indescretion, just because it was committed by a celebrity, I can onlt say that the words to describe your state of degeneracy elude me. You are not my watchdogs, and not my deciders of what is the truth. I question whether you are fit to live among decent men and women.

Posted by sherlock at September 29, 2009 4:10 PM

Is it Richard or Patrick?
Either way, dude is an ass...

Posted by Uncle Jefe at September 29, 2009 5:42 PM

Many movies were ruined forever for me when I saw Harrison Ford deliver Polanski's Academy Award to him in person in France, I assume. Ford was so obviously thrilled to have the "honor". Blech!

My kids attend a performing arts program. I know - I know - what am I thinking as a God-fearing conservative? It is a great program with very Christian overtones (although, this is probably an attempt by the libs running the show to further co-opt "compassion"). Earlier this year, they performed a Minotti opera in which the moral is to "not conform". I tell my kids, "Don't conform. Be a conservative artist!" The irony of the lock-step uniformity of the "art" community's politics is completely lost on them.

Posted by Western Chauvinist at September 29, 2009 5:52 PM

"Conservative artist".
No such creature.
Arthurstone at September 29, 2009 7:58 PM

Go to 'Big Hollywood'.
They're coming out of the liberal closet.
Or is your definition of 'artist' so narrow as to exclude musicians, directors, actors, writers, etc...
I'm sure the "'artist' formerly known as 'Prince'" would beg to differ...

Posted by Uncle Jefe at September 29, 2009 8:20 PM

"Conservative artist". No such creature.

That's not true at all! I'm conservative and I just painted Arthurstone getting humped like a 13 year old by Roman Polanski. With my own poop.

It'll hang in The Met between the corpses shagging and the rotting shark.

Posted by Gray at September 29, 2009 9:17 PM

Dearest Gray, your first name wouldn't perchance be Dorian, would it?

Posted by Jewel at September 29, 2009 11:51 PM

Wonderful piece, Gerard. Nostalgie pour le mort may be even more apropos -- since these people look at life through twisted, dead eyes.

Posted by LT at September 30, 2009 5:42 AM

Ce n'est qu'une pure formalité, alors, n'est-ce pas?

Posted by Jewel at September 30, 2009 7:45 AM

Mr. Polanski is a pedophile. He stacked and feed drugs and booze to a thirteen year old girl and then raped her. He plead guilty to these charges and then realized that the punishment maybe more the standard Hollywood “community service” and ran away. He lived well in France and continued making money at his chosen career, showing no remorse or sorrow. He has been caught again and should be punished. I think he should be locked away, preferably with a very large, very aggressive, very violent homosexual so that he can enjoy the anal rape he performed on a thirteen year old girl.

Posted by John at September 30, 2009 7:51 AM

You really have a knack for selecting photos Gerard. One look at this guy's face tells you everything you need to know about him. The smug satisfaction in his face is so clear. It's amazing how as we age our physical being reflects the soul inside ever more clearly. Now that I think about it, I have seen this smug look way too often whenever I turn on the news and see our great leader.

Posted by Peter at September 30, 2009 8:48 AM

Your opening line was one of the best hooks I have read in a while. Great analysis as well :)

Posted by PeggyU at September 30, 2009 10:01 AM

I see the inimitable Whoopi weighed in. She said, for one, that it's not a "rape rape," as in it was 'consensual.' Amazing, the clueless depravity of these people. In addition to consensuality being irrelevant in statutory rape, it can be argued legally that it was NOT consensual because of the girl being drugged and intoxicated, and therefore incapacitated.

To compound her obscene ignorance, she stated that we had to be tolerant of 'other cultures' where 'sex with a 13-year-old is accepted.'

WTF? Where does she think Polanski is from, a goat pasture in Baluchistan? Oh, and apparently the "not rape rape" must have happened in Baluchistan, rather than L.A.

Please Gerard, I urge you to do a follow-up on Whoopi Goldberg's contribution to this discussion. The more we pile on to the steady drip-drip of the true nature of the leftist/progressive rot and the degeneracy of so much of our 'elite,' the more people will make connections across the spectrum of our idiot 'ruling class.'

Posted by Roderick Reilly at September 30, 2009 11:26 AM

Oh, I see Whoopi's in the sidebar. Good.

Posted by Roderick Reilly at September 30, 2009 11:30 AM

Not deeply.

Posted by vanderleun at September 30, 2009 12:08 PM

"Conservative Artists" do exist, they just have to keep their mouths shut and their opinions to themselves in order to be employable. Most artistic endeavors do NOT involve getting a steady job somewhere with a firm and staying there for years/decades, the artsy world is a free-lance world and being known as a "conservative" means you will not work. Period. Hard to know how many of those who keep their mouths shut are really conservatives or just uninterested. You need to get to a certain point in your career, like Roger Simon, or Dennis Miller, or our host Gerard, if you want to out yourself.

Which leads to my second point, I caught some of Michael Medved's radio show yesterday, he who touts his expertise on pop culture and politics from a supposed conservative viewpoint. He made the same argument as this Goldstein creep, that the money spent chasing Polanski after all these years is wasted. I guess he's spent a little too much time with those Hollywood types, the pedophile cooties have rubbed off on him. Or else he's afraid they won't take his calls anymore.

Posted by Boots at September 30, 2009 1:11 PM

seconded Gerard.

Posted by Thud at September 30, 2009 1:40 PM

Sherlock notes: "In the Seattle Times today there is an article on this sordid episode written by a couple of celebrity-toadies at the LAT, that refers to Polanksi's "alleged assault" on the 13-year-old."

In fact, it was not an "alleged assault". Polanski plead GUILTY. It was an ADMITTED assault.

Posted by Hangtown at September 30, 2009 3:06 PM

Nice crowd you draw here Gerard.

It was until you arrived.

Arthurstoned, do you have a point-- besides the top of your head-- to your contrary need for negative attention? If you're defending Polanski, let's hear it. Let's hear all of it. All of your raging hatred, cool agnosticism, foolish relativism.

But, if you're hoping to preach your one-dimensional religion of "the hypocrisy of the religious," then blog-flog the Hell out of it and see who comes to read it on your own site.

Posted by Joan of Argghh! at September 30, 2009 4:34 PM

We have to be gentle with Arthur. We're training him for the Special Commenting Olympics and the stick in his forehead keeps popping out of it's socket.

Posted by vanderleun at September 30, 2009 9:35 PM

"We have to be gentle with Arthur"

I'm afraid it's the stake in his heart that keeps popping out.

Meanwhile, we are witnessing the historical spector of the rape of American liberty by the revelant socialist do-gooders. Poor Arthur.

Posted by Denny at October 1, 2009 8:32 AM

Gray, I just destroyed my keyboard!

Boots, exactly! Principle is priceless.

Gerard, the best commentary on this sordid affair that I have read.

Posted by Bill at October 1, 2009 5:06 PM

As yellow as Goldstein's sclerae are, he may not be long for this world.

He has a very dissipated look about him.
I guess that goes along with the territory.

Posted by teresa at October 1, 2009 5:15 PM