Cranky senior gay Gore Vidal, 83 and who laughs at your marriage rights ambition, is one of the world’ greatest living thinkers. In some circles. So we must take his views very seriously, even the ones about convicted child rapist Roman Polanski. Who he thinks got a bum wrap.
“I really don’t give a fuck [about Polanski],” Vidal tells a reporter. “Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she’s been taken advantage of? … The media can’t get anything straight. Plus, there’s usually an anti-Semitic and anti-fag thing going on with the press – lots of crazy things. The idea that this girl was in her communion dress, a little angel all in white, being raped by this awful Jew, Polacko – that’s what people were calling him – well, the story is totally different now from what it was then. … Anti-Semitism got poor Polanski. He was also a foreigner. He did not subscribe to American values [“lying and cheating”] in the least. To [his persecutors], that seemed vicious and unnatural.”
Mr. Vidal is aware the girl was thirteen at the time, yes?