The priorities of our modern day society have shifted and now instead of teaching not to rape, women are being taught how to not be raped. Rape is being justified and rapists are being defended. Rape victims are constantly being scrutinized for irrelevant facts such as their previous sexual history, what they were wearing or anything else that makes them seem like they ‘deserved’ it. Rape is not something anyone deserves and under absolutely no circumstances is it anywhere near to being remotely understandable. Roman Polanski plead guilty to drugging and raping Samantha Geimer, a young girl at the age of 13 years old. If he had been any other regular human being there is no way this story would have received so much attention and controversy. The facts are simple. He raped her and in our world, rapists are punished. Yet in the eyes of our star-struck society, Polanski is not a normal person, he is talented and extraordinary, so because of that he is above the law. Hollywood actors and actresses backed this horrendous man, trying to justify that a mere 42 days in jail was enough, that he had served his time, and now he can return to being a celebrated Hollywood icon. In no way is rape justifiable. These famous icons have a huge effect on young people around the world, and hearing them justify rape is so incredibly damaging to our society. “He made a little mistake 30 years ago,” and “it wasn’t rape-rape,” were some of the appalling excuses made to defend this man by famous icons. Why is Polonski given special treatment while other inhumane rapists are left to rot in jail? He deserves this punishment just as much as the rest, yet because these ‘powerful’ people support his horrific actions based on his talent, he is above the law- an exception. These famous icons need to realize the effect they have on the world and on us ‘normal’ people. They need to understand it is not justifiable for a man to rape a 13-year-old girl and certainly not acceptable to be excused because of his status and ‘genius’ work.
Unlike Polonski who admitted to his crime, the famous Woody Allen denies the allegations against him to this day. He was charged with molesting his adopted daughter at the age of 7 years old and because of his status and persistence that it was a lie, the allegations were swept under the carpet. He is now free to live a privileged life while Dylan Farrow, his victim, has to live her life with the constant reminder that the fatherly-figure she grew up with and who abused her, got away with it. When Woody Allen was given the honor of receiving a Golden Globe, his son Ronan Farrow tweeted, “Missed the Woody Allen tribute – did they put the part where a woman publicly confirmed he molested her at age 7 before or after Annie Hall?” This disgusting behavior should not be tolerated under any circumstances. Not only did this man molest his adopted daughter, but his wife found naked pictures of their other adopted child when she was 18 years of age. Allen used his fatherly and white dominance over his adopted Asian child and I have no doubt in my mind that affair started before she was of legal age, so not only is that incest but it is abuse.
Intersectionality comes into play in this topic because in modern day, people in regular society, with normal jobs and lives are seen to be in a completely different class with less rites and a quieter voice than these celebrities. They are so idolized, celebrated and loved, that even when one emerges as a criminal, excuses are made and people attempt to justify their crime. They are separated from us and are made to seem more superior because their talents have become popular and known around the world. Yet they are on the exact same level as everyone else in this world. Laws that apply to regular people apply to them and under no circumstances can these ‘genius’s’ crimes be justified. Celebrities need to become more aware of and not be so ignorant about these different issues because their voices are heard and they have the power to influence so many people. There is no defense for rapists and molesters. Someone who would willingly inflict that kind of pain upon another person and basically ruin a life deserves absolutely no form of defending whatsoever. There should be no difference between a regular criminal and a genius that has committed a crime. They are under the same law and should be treated that way, with no exception.
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