In Case You’re In The Mood To Vom

Let me share something about myself with you all. Once I see the headline of an article that I know straight off will fill me with rage, I can’t not read it. This often leads into what I call Bad News Spirals, where I just read ten articles about awful things in a row and then spend the rest of the day feeling depressed about the world. Today’s first outrage comes courtesy of an AV Club interview with Elisabeth Moss and the director of some movie she’s in that I had, prior to reading this, been considering seeing when it comes out. The article is titled “Elisabeth Moss and Alex Ross Perry on admiring Roman Polanski’s films.” I had a tiny spark of hope that it might be a nuanced conversation about to what extent we can forget the misdeeds of someone who creates art we like, but nope! It’s mostly just this Alex turd fanboying over Polanski while Elisabeth Moss is like “Well I mean I haven’t seen a ton of his movies and I have feelings about him as a person but yeah he’s great!”, but there is this gem buried in there:

AVC: Any time Roman Polanski’s work comes up, his life comes up as well. How do you approach that as a Polanski fan?

ARP: Sean Williams, our cinematographer, has a great answer for this.

EM: Oh, boy.

ARP: When people bring this up, he says, “Do you think the stuff that happened with Polanski—do you think that never happened with Elvis? Or Sinatra?” He’s like, “We just don’t know about it because not everything got revealed. I can guarantee some hero of yours, something probably worse happened very privately.” He’s convinced that those two men specifically committed worse atrocities against women than anyone who has ever been publicly accused or tried of it. Maybe he’s right. I don’t know.

EM: Well, look at Bill Cosby.ARP: Sean’s perspective is kind of as absolute as I’ve ever heard on this, which is like, “Well, probably every man you admire in the history of entertainment has done worse things than you could ever imagine.” So, you can take from that what you will. The interesting thing about Polanski is that he kept working. Obviously, it’s a pretty loaded issue. I look forward to reading the comments on this article and seeing what people say. Sean’s Elvis-Sinatra point, he’s pretty forceful about it. He does a better job of explaining it than I’m doing.

EM: Please direct all your comments to Sean Price Williams. Thank you.

ARP: Yeah, if Sean were Polanski’s lawyer, this all would have been swept under the rug and forgotten about in the ’70s, because he’s so persuasively confident about the way he talks about this. People do all sorts of terrible things, and they always have, and they always will.

OBVIOUSLY every man who has ever created anything was also a child rapist… or worse! Elvis? Probably ritually sacrificed puppies. Sinatra? Probably shat on national monuments and blamed it on the nearest gay person. J.D. Salinger? Made pipe bombs to blow up hospitals. Mr. Rogers? Puppet fucker. The theoretical list goes on! When all men are culpable, all men are forgiven and we should continue blithely supporting their careers while they hide overseas in order to avoid being punished for their crimes! What else are you gonna do? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

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11 Responses to In Case You’re In The Mood To Vom

  1. welcometocostcoiloveyou says:

    Elizabeth Moss sure found a lot of ways to name drop Queen of the Earth.

  2. old man fatima says:

    That’s such a gross response. It’s demeaning to victims, to men, to Sinatra and Elvis specifically, to consumers. Gross gross gross.

    Here is a slow loris with the tiny umbrella that she uses to block out the torrential downpour of shitty news.

    • old man fatima says:

      And cautiously receiving a kernel of good news popcorn

      • Erika says:

        Is this a bad time to mention how badly slow lorises are treated in the exotic pet trade?

        • old man fatima says:

          I feel like all exotic pets are treated horribly. It always makes me a bit sad to see videos of exotic animals being cute in their little cages in someone’s home, but at the same time, holy lord are these guys ever cute!

    • The dude drunkenly got a exotic animal license and I really want him to get a slow loris. He’s pretty set on a capybara, but really look at the loris!

  3. collin0truckasaurus says:

    That tells you a lot about how much of a garbage person this Sean Williams guy is – he just assumes that all men ever have done terrible shit. So how much shit has this guy done? He’s got like 12 children locked in his basement right now, right? Or at least he wants to (part of the argument, I’m sure, is that all men want to do this but only celebrities have the ego/access to get it done). Someone help him!!

  4. The sad thing is that they see this as a way to make it better! How is it better to just assume if one man did something terrible than all men must have?! This enrages me to no end. I also like how you can tell in the above interview that Elizabeth Moss was trying to talk and that other dude kept talking over her. Cool job guys, way to go.

  5. marlasinger99 says:

    I think EM handled it okay (thank God), but ARP is a desperate douchebag.

  6. Erika says:

    The issue with predators in the entertainment industry isn’t so much that all men are predisposed to sexual assault, but that various misogynistic aspects of that industry allow predators to go unchecked. As long as the casting couch exists, this will continue to be a problem. Polanski assaulted his victim under the pretense of modeling work. Most of Cosby’s victims he assaulted under the same pretense.

    And then of course there are the gross jerks who make excuses for men like Polanski, both 30-some years ago and today.

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