October 1, 2009

Rape is rape, and it is wrong.

Your Projectionist has had absolutely nothing to say about the recent arrest of Polish–born movie maker Roman Polanski (in Switzerland, while attending the Zürich Film Festival) — or the utterly indefensible petition on his behalf, signed by (among others) Woody Allen (ha!), Wes Anderson, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Darren Aronofsky, Bernardo Bertolucci (why?), Guillermo del Toro, Terry Gilliam, Diane Kurys (remember her films?), Claude Lelouch, David Lynch, Jeanne Moreau (pour quoi??), Pierre Schumacher, Martin Scorsese, Tilda Swinton (?!), Bertrand Tavernier… we won't go on.

But it is very sickening.

So much so that your Projectionist is launching a personal economic boycott of each of the above–named parties.

That means no more money for DVDs or other home video products that bear their names.

Your Projectionist is also officially boycotting the Criterion Collection's recent DVD release of Polanski's second feature Repulsion. All of Polanksi's other movies on home video, irrespective of the labels on which they are released, are also included in the boycott. That includes his new film The Ghost and all future projects as well.

Put simply, there is no excuse whatsoever for defending the indefensible. And that sentiment seems to be elsewhere online, as witness items from the Los Angeles Times, Women & Hollywood, the Women's Media Center, and Jezebel. Not to mention conservative portals such as Townhall, Pajamas Media, the Media Research Center (I expect nothing less from one L. Brent Bozell), and even the blatant anti–immigration VDARE.

Deep down, despite our political differences, we seem to agree on one thing, as I posted on Facebook tonight:

Rape is indefensible. Regardless of what else the rapist has done.

End. Of. Story.

[UPDATE 2009.10.15: I amended the boycott to only target Polanski movies as well as whichever productions featuring the signees of the petition I come across. Not every Criterion release is evil.]

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