I think people like him should be shunned. It's all about accountability to me.
He might have run away from the United States so he wouldn't have to take responsibility but I won't watch his movies.
But hey, if he makes a good movie that is all that counts, the movies are so much more important than that little girl's life.
One person at a time. I'm sure I do buy things from people that if I knew some of the things they did I wouldn't buy their stuff. But I don't know, but I DO know about Roman Polanski, so I can't play the "ignorance is bliss" game, I know what he did, I know he plead guily and I can't in good conscience watch his movies.
Isn't it the Amish that do "shunning"? I think they are on to something.
I have to assume I'm just a lot more skeptical of people and motives than some of you. I don't for a moment believe that he had to resort to "rape". I also don't believe for a moment that any decent mother would allow their 13 year old daughter to be alone with Mr. Polanski or any other grown man for a "photo shoot" if she had any care for that daughter unless she was already aware that the daughter was sexually active and had accepted it. Perhaps before word got out to the public the mother and daughter tried to make some money off Mr. Polanski. It's not beyond the realm of belief as these sort of things happen more frequently than we know. As I mentioned earlier about Errol Flynn, the mother of the girl he was with was very agreeable to the relationship. I'm can only assume she was being paid handsomely for the use of her daughter.
I think there is often more to a lot of stories than what we read about in the paper or hear on the TV/Radio. Unless I were in the courtroom and heard all the testimony, I would be very wrong to judge anyone on media reports alone as hopefully we are all aware of how twisted they can be.
Does Mr. Polanski have emotional issues? I'm very certain he does but not having lived in his shoes (and they were awful shoes to live in at times), I cannot state for certain what sort of emotional problems I myself might have should I have had to go through what he has in his life. As my dear daddy always said, never judge a man until you've walked a mile in his shoes.
He is talented and I won't let my human judgement of him deprive me of enjoying the mastery of his talent.