Monday, January 13, 2014

Pedophilia and the Elite III: Woody Allen's Lifetime Achievement

The intelligentsia has different standards for its members than it does for those outside of its ranks.  Thought leaders, artists, cultural icons, and the business elite simply reclassify pedophilia or sexual assault as something other than what it is, as was the case when Whoopi Goldberg objected to characterizations of Roman Polanski's actions as rape. Polanski drugged a 13 year old girl and had sex with her while she was unconscious.

It's interesting to see the liberal media go bonkers when Todd Akin refers to legitimate rape, or when Richard Mourdock refers to conception during rape as God's will, but when Whoopi Goldberg defends Roman Polanski for drugging a thirteen year old girl and having sex with her while she was unconscious and unable to consent, the liberal media doesn't have too much to say.  There are no calls for Whoopi Goldberg to be fired from The View for espousing a more tolerant view towards drugging children and having sex with them while they're unconscious.

Here's what Polanski did: he met Samantha Geimer's mother at a party, and proceeded to solicit her mother to Geimer to come with him for a magazine shoot.  When Polanski picked Geimer up from her house, he did so under false pretenses.  Instead of taking her to a magazine photo shoot, Polanski took her to Jack Nicholson's house, gave her champagne and part of a Quaalude, and since Geimer wasn't on birth control, Polanski anally raped her.

 "He holds my arms at my sides and kisses me," she writes. "And I say, 'No, come on,' but between the pill and the champagne it's like my own voice is very far away."
That was Roman Polanski, not rape-raping a 13 year old girl.   First, he lied to both the girl and her mother about where he was taking her and the purpose he had in picking her up from her mother's house. Second, he gave a minor girl drugs and alcohol.  Third, after he ascertained that the minor wasn't on birth control, he sodomized her while holding her arms at her sides as she said no.

Even if the girl in question had said yes, she was 13 years old. Legally, consent was not possible. But for Whoopi Goldberg, and for the more enlightened West Coast liberalism she speaks for, what Roman Polanski did was not rape-rape.  It was something else, something more permissible and tolerable than rape-rape.  In Goldberg's world, Polanski is the victim of an overreaching and overbearing judge.

In much the same way, Sunday night saw the elites of Hollywood gathered to commemorate the career of film director Woody Allen, who was lauded as a visionary by actress and former girlfriend Diane Keaton. Back in 1992, Vanity Fair reported on Allen's alleged sexual abuse of his seven year old daughter Dylan with the actress Mia Farrow.  Dylan Farrow spoke publicly about the abuse for the first time in another Vanity Fair article this past October, but nevertheless, there was Woody Allen on a Sunday night, fawned over by an adoring room full of fellow actors and directors and film professionals.  

Nearly every single one of those actors and professionals excoriated Republicans for alleged misogyny in 2010 and 2012, but to a man, they were silent as Woody Allen, alleged child molester, received his due. Allen is a man who spent millions of dollars losing two custody battles and two appeals, and even more money digging up dirt on the Connecticut State Troopers investigating his alleged sexual abuse of Dylan Farrow.

He's a man who was observed by his mother-in-law applying suntan lotion between the buttocks of his then-four year old daughter, intercepted in doing so by his wife and mother-in-law.  His mother-in-law, the actress Maureen O'Sullivan, then asked him how he wanted to be remembered by his children.  Allen's reply was simple: "As a good father."

Allen went on to take pictures of his adopted daughter, Soon-Yi Previn, with her legs spread and her vagina clearly visible.  He later married Soon-Yi, and though both insist that their relationship was not sexual until Soon-Yi was an adult, the fact remains that Woody's actions, both alleged and documented, were highly inappropriate for a father.  In fact, the Polaroid pictures of Soon-Yi Previn were on the fireplace mantle at Woody Allen's apartment; Mia Farrow discovered the six pictures and recognized her adopted daughter Soon-Yi as the subject in the photographs.

As Woody Allen sees it, the affair with Soon-Yi, and the subsequent scandal that broke in the press, "took a little edge off my natural blandness."  Woody's surrogates, the Hamill brothers, Pete and Denis, were more than willing to do his bidding in the New York Post and the Daily News.  Their brother Brian had worked on 17 movies for Woody Allen as a still photographer, and the Hamill brothers did their best to characterize Mia Farrow as a tranquilizer swilling, child-abusing mother who used her adopted children for labor, even after Woody had unequivocally endorsed Mia Farrow's parenting skills in an earlier interview with his biographer Eric Lax.

Last night, Woody Allen was lauded, praised for a lifetime of achievement in film, the ugly realities of his present marriage and past child abuse allegations glossed over by a room full of friends.  Those same friends condescend to the rest of the country over values, even as they look past the peccadilloes of a father who, under the same guise as Roman Polanski, took full frontal nude pictures of his adopted daughter: Allen said he took the pictures because Soon-Yi was interested in modeling. The pictures weren't turned over to a modeling agency; Mia Farrow discovered them on the fireplace mantle in Allen's apartment, and with the pictures she discovered Allen's affair with her adopted daughter.

Woody Allen was one of the signatories on a petition demanding Roman Polanski's immediate release when Polanski was detained en route to a film festival in Switzerland on a U.S. arrest warrant.  137 other film industry professionals signed the petition as well.

At the same time, many within the film industry signed on to mock the out of touch remarks of Todd Akin and Richard Mourdock, and Republican positions on government-funded birth control.

 Then again, given the cavalier attitudes of both Roman Polanski and Woody Allen, and their various defenders within the Hollywood set, perhaps they subscribe to the attitude of hebephile Jeffrey Epstein, the billionaire who sought out girls as young as 14 for "massages" and sexual favors.  Epstein objected to his characterization as a sexual predator, even though he had dozens of victims and once received three 12 year old girls from France as a birthday gift.  As Epstein puts it:

I’m not a sexual predator, I’m an ‘offender.
It’s the difference between a murderer and a person who steals a bagel.  
 Epstein felt as though he were being unfairly treated by the New York judge who classified him as a Level 3 sex offender, based on his likelihood to re-offend.  Epstein's case was a study in how the wealthy receive different treatment than the rest of us; he received a sentence 18 months after copping to a prostitution charge as part of a non-prosecution agreement, and he only served 13 months.  His victim was 14 years old.
One of his victims, Virginia Roberts, was 15 when she first met Epstein and began having sex with him. For the next four years, Roberts traveled the world with Epstein after being recruited by Epstein's friend Ghislaine Maxwell.  Maxwell recruited Roberts, who was a changing room assistant at Donald Trump's Mar e Lago Resort, to meet and have sex with Jeffrey Epstein, and over the next four years, Roberts alleged that she had sex with many of Epstein's friends as well.

The New York Daily News, owned by Epstein's friend Mort Zuckerman, fought to keep a tape of Epstein's interview with Daily News reporters from falling into the hands of lawyers representing one of Epstein's victims.  The lawyers were just another set in a long line; Epstein settled at least 17 civil suits in the aftermath of his arrest and incarceration.  Epstein's behavior threatened to ensnare no less a luminary than the Duke of York, Prince Andrew, who Epstein jetted away with to New York after his release from prison.  The New York Daily News reporter who conducted the taped interview explicitly alleged that Mort Zuckerman killed the story on Jeffrey Epstein due to their friendship.

And who was Jeffrey Epstein spotted with on New York's Upper East Side this past September, on the eve of Dylan Farrow's published interview confirming her sexual abuse?  Woody Allen, who last night was lauded for his lifetime achievement at the Golden Globes.  Such is the way of the American intelligentsia, where disparaging Todd Akin for his rhetoric while suppressing or favorably altering coverage of Roman Polanski, Jeffrey Epstein, and Woody Allen is par for the course.  Say what you will about Todd Akin, he's never been accused of rape or convicted of any related crime. He's also not up for any awards in Hollywood, either.