Culture Beat / September 10, 2019

Handmaid Hollywood Hypocrites

Convicted rapist Polanski wins an award, while The Handmaid’s Tale sequel is released.

In 1978, filmmaker Roman Polanski was convicted of statutory rape. The Daily Wire recounts, “[Samantha] Geimer was only 13 years old when Polanski drugged and sodomized her during a photo shoot at Jack Nicholson’s house in 1977. During the height of the #MeToo movement, as many as five women came forward to accuse Roman Polanski of sexual assault when they were teenagers.”

After his conviction, Polanski fled to Europe, where he has eluded extradition for the last 40 years. He was finally ousted from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences … in 2018. But evidently, the Me Too movement still hasn’t made the leap across the Pond.

Over the weekend, Polanski won the Grand Jury Prize (second place) at the Venice Film Festival for directing “An Officer and a Spy.” Argentine director Lucrecia Martel, who chaired the jury judging the films, straddled the fence, saying, “I will not congratulate him, but I think it is correct that his movie is here at this festival.” Polanski sent his wife to collect the award, opting to stay out of Italy to avoid extradition.

Speaking of Me Too and Hollywood-type hypocrites, Margaret Atwood has finally authored the long-awaited sequel to the 1984 book The Handmaid’s Tale, which has been turned into a feminist battle cry of a TV show in recent years. (Long story short, it’s the dystopian fictional tale of women turned into sex slaves by “Christian” masters. It regained popularity among feminists upon Donald Trump’s election, and, in truth, is nothing more than a screed for abortion on demand.) The Testaments will be released today.

We find these two stories related because of one simple factor: Hollywood is full of men mistreating, profiling, objectivizing, and sexually abusing women. It’s true, there are individual cases of Christian men (pastors, priests, etc.) committing such abuse — Christians are also sinful humans in need of a Savior. But there is no Christian denomination or sect that is remotely promoting a system of government and social structure like Atwood’s scurrilous characterization. Meanwhile, Hollywood profits from and rewards promiscuously abusive behavior. It’s a celebrated way of life, shunned only when it becomes a bit too grotesque to sweep under the rug. And even then, if you have the right connections are make a movie people actually like, you’ll still receive an award.

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