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: 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)_/¯