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An updated list of Polanski supporters

At this point it would be easier to make the inventory of who isn't there. Sigh.
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Please go vote in [ 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.


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.

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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Although I find her writing highly entertaining, I'm far from being a big fan of Rosie DiManno. I've stopped reading the Star so I don't read her regularly, but I do read Antonia Zerbisias' blog, Broadsides. In this entry, she juxtaposes the "courage" of the American teabaggers with that of the Afghan women who protested Hamid Karzai's proposal marital rape law. In there, she reposted Rosia DiManno's most recent article. I would like to bring the following passage to your attention:

In the West, the outrage has arisen primarily over a section of this negotiated legislation that would make rape within marriage legal. Frankly, I do not understand the fixation among religious scholars – from all faiths – with sexual matters, intimacy and procreation.

But the hysteria in the West over the marital rape provision has been disingenuous. It was only 16 years ago that Oregon became the first U.S. state to make marital rape a crime – and just this year Oklahoma became the 50th state to follow suit. In Canada, the Criminal Code was amended in 1983.

Afghanistan is one of the most medieval societies on Earth. Disabusing Afghan men of the idea they can demand sex at least once every four days – as the law stipulated – will require a cultural shift of tectonic proportions.

They are not, in fact, so far behind the worldwide learning curve on this issue. It isn't, forgive me, a deal-breaker.

Far more worrisome is that part of the legislation that would return women once again to sequestered isolation, forbidding Shia females from venturing outside the home unless accompanied by a male relative.

This was a core commandment of the fanatical Taliban and must in no way gain a toehold again. Women all over Afghanistan today go out, alone and in groups. They walk their children to school. They shop. They work. They seek medical treatment. They do it in Kabul and they do it in Kandahar city.

NATO countries and donor nations have the right to draw a line, here.


Jan. 25th, 2007 03:38 am
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fuck this city of wimps up the ass: Toronto issued a cold alert. Get this: temperatures on Wed dropped down to... -13°C! It might even get down to -19°C tomorrow! Horror and damnation! We might have to put on an extra layer of clothing! There are no risks of rapid freeze burns!

Now that's family support! Families from both sides encouraged rape victim to marry her rapist! And I thought Madhya Pradesh wasn't such a backwards state... :P

Protests to become more heated up: U.S. unveils new heat-ray gun. Can we use mirrors to point it back at them?


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