The American thesp criticized Swiss authorities for their “philistine collusion” in arresting the helmer at Zurich Airport on Saturday on behalf of U.S. justice authorities, just before the festival was to honor him for lifetime achievement.
“This fledgling festival has been unfairly exploited and whenever this happens the whole art world suffers,” Winger said in a statement to journalists on Monday, standing together with the other four international jury members in announcing they had decided to continue at the festival that is honoring Polanski.
“We hope today this latest (arrest) order will be dropped. It is based on a three-decades-old case that is dead but for minor technicalities. We stand by him and await his release and his next masterpiece.”
Winger added: “We came to Zurich to honor Roman Polanski as a great artist but under these sad and arcane circumstances we can only think of him today as a human being uncertain of the year ahead. His life has always informed his art and it always will.”
Protesters outside the festival’s main theater on Sunday, where he was honored despite being in jail, held up banners demanding his release and criticizing Swiss authorities for arresting him.
Those of us who think that an adult who anally rapes a 13 year old should be imprisoned in accordance with his plea bargain are "philistines."
Roman's defense: "She responded."
That she responded with "No, no, no" doesn't seem to matter, but even if she responded sexually, there is a statute in this country that goes by the moniker of Statutory Rape.
Whoopie doesn't think this was a case of "rape-rape."
If a Duke lacrosse player pushed a 22 year old date beyond "No," to have sex and then defended himself by asserting "she responded," does anyone believe Whoopie would not be telling the world that rape is rape and there are no extenuating circumstances?
The sad aspect of this story is that self-professed feminists are defending Polanski.
If an Alabaman truck driver sodomizes a 13 year old, Hollywood, rightfully, goes nuts, but if one of their own commits the same crime, it is, somehow, acceptable.
When an artiste rapes a child...she wanted it.
Utter moral bankruptcy.
PS: Winger needs to crawl back into her bottle and stop her pathetic attempt to be cast in Roman's next movie.