Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion.
–Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, explaining why his industry is almost unanimously against the extradition and sentencing of director Roman Polanski for the child rape to which he pled guilty 32 years ago
My personal thoughts are let the guy go. It’s bad a person was raped. But that was so many years ago. The guy has been through so much in his life. It’s crazy to arrest him now. Let it go. The government could spend its money on other things.
—Peg Yorkin, founder of the Feminist Majority Foundation, indicating that at least one feminist believes there should be a statute of limitations on the rape of children
I know it wasn’t rape-rape. It was something else but I don’t believe it was rape-rape… When we’re talking about what someone did, and what they were charged with, we have to say what it actually was, not what we think it was.
–Actress Whoopi Goldberg, explaining why raping a child isn’t really rape, exactly
By their extraterritorial nature, film festivals the world over have always permitted works to be shown and for filmmakers to present them freely and safely, even when certain States opposed this.
—Woody Allen, Monica Bellucci, Jonathan Demme, Costa Gavras, Terry Gilliam, Buck Henry, John Landis, David Lynch, Michael Mann, Martin Scorcese, Tilda Swinton, Wim Wenders, and a bunch of other people you’ve never heard of trying to explain their novel theory that film festivals are now embassy-like zones, and filmmakers are ambassador-like persons with “diplomatic immunity” against whom nations are not allowed to enforce their laws (read the whole petition; its writers and signers refer to the rape and sodomization of a 13-year-old girl as “a case of morals”)