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Please go vote in [livejournal.com profile] sabotabby's awesome Roman Polanski poll!!!

Also, you probably know by now that Whoopi Goldberg said that it wasn't rape-rape. That is now my rape tag.

Fucking celebrities. What's next, getting away with murder? Wait, that was Ted Kennedy. NEVERMIND.

ETA:


Whoopi is so off-based here that even her conservative co-host Sherri calls her out on it. That Sherri is often way out of whack but there she's right. BECAUSE IT'S SO OBVIOUS.

ETA2:
There's also a petition from the movie industry condemning Polanski's arrest at a film festival, because film festivals are extra-territorial spaces. The petition site is swamped right now, so you can check the Google-cached version.

ETA3: I originally Whoopi's description as "rape" rape. After a comment, I decided to write it rape-rape. This explains why the first commenters use the quote marks version.

ETA4: Detailed description of the rape.

You can read an English version of the petition, along with a signatories' list.

Let's retranscribe this list here, separating the rotten wheat from the rotten chaff:

Pedro Almodovar
Jean-Jacques Annaud
Wes Anderson
Darren Aronofsky
Asia Argento (twice?)
Monica Bellucci
Costa Gavras
Wong Kar Waï
Emir Kusturica
Jeanne Moreau
Claude Lelouche
Tilda Swinton
Wim Wenders

Fanny Ardant
Olivier Assayas
Gabriel Auer
Christophe Barratier
Gilles Behat
Jean-Jacques Beineix
Marco Bellochio
Patrick Bouchitey
Jacques Bral
André Buytaers
Christian Carion
Henning Carlsen
Jean-Michel Carre
Patrice Chéreau
Elie Chouraqui
Souleymane Cissé
Alain Corneau
Jérôme Cornuau
Miguel Courtois
Alfonso Cuaron
Jonathan Demme
Alexandre Desplat
Georges Dybman
Betrand van Effenterre
Jacques Fansten
Michel Ferry
Stephen Frears
Thierry Frémaux
Sam Gabarski
Tony Gatlif
Jean-Marc Ghanassia
Christian Gion
David Heyman
Laurent Heynemann
Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu
Gilles Jacob
Just Jaeckin
Pierre Jolivet
Nelly Kaplan
Jan Kounen
Harmony Korinne
John Landis
Claude Lanzmann
Patrice Leconte
Michael Mann
François Margolin
Mario Martone
Radu Mihaileanu
André Larquié
Claude Miller
Michel Ocelot
Alexander Payne
Michele Placido
Jean-Paul Rappeneau
Yasmina Reza
Laurence Roulet
Walter Salles
Jean-Paul Salomé
Marc Sandberg
Julian Schnabel
Barbet Schroeder
Ettore Scola
Abderrahmane Sissako
Paolo Sorrentino
Radovan Tadic
Danis Tanovic
Bertrand Tavernier
Cécile Telerman
Alain Terzian
Pascal Thomas
Giuseppe Tornatore
Serge Toubiana
Nadine Trintignant
Tom Tykwer


Actually, that list must be impartial because I have already heard multiple reports that Woody Allen and David Lynch are also on it.
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Totally go read [livejournal.com profile] sabotabby's rant about the "can't they protest nicely without us having to pay any attention to them" crowd.

Tamils have the "right" to protest--we'll give them that because we are oh-so-generous and believe in abstract rights that cease to exist as soon as they inconvenience us--but said protests must conform to the tame and ineffectual standards of the impotent Canadian left.

Let's be honest here. White people in Canada, including the government, did not give a flying fuck about the plight of the Tamils until Tamil-Canadians escalated their protests. White people in Canada still don't give a flying fuck about the plight of Tamils, so this concern troll talk about alienating Canadians and losing support is bollocks. They never had that support, or any hope of gaining it, no matter how saintly and impeccable their behaviour.
[...]
What it comes down to is that white people hold brown people to a different ethical standard than they hold themselves to. The death toll in Sri Lanka now stands at around 8,500 over the past few months, and Tamil-Canadians have responded with peaceful protests. When a few thousand or so Americans and a handful of Canadians died on Sept. 11, 2001, the response was anything but non-violent. It was a brutal, bloody rampage against the people of Afghanistan and Iraq (who, like the Canadian commuters, had nothing to do with the murders). We demand not only pacifism from our fellow human beings in the face of their suffering--though we, the pasty-faced we, are anything but non-violent ourselves--but worse, we demand utter passivity.

She also links to this excellent Royson James column. Yes, the usually irritating Royson James.
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special to [livejournal.com profile] sabotabby: Hitchens beat up in Beyrouth. Sadly, it was after committing an anti-fascist faux-pas, something we can't begrudging him for.
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bananas are dying, thanks to United Fruit, and greedy capitalism.

Hat-tip: Sabotabby, who else?

Also: The Independent is the most important newspaper in the world. Along with the Guardian, I guess.

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