That was snarky, I know. But given how hard it is to keep up with the latest “progressive” “goodthink” without my Left Wing Decoder Ring (I had to pawn it when my Z.O.G. check bounced…), I trust you’ll forgive me.
Media Matters‘ Jamison Foser manages to out-snark me anyway. With unconcealed contempt, Foser blasts two Washington Post columnists for downplaying the crimes of filmmaker Roman Polanski, who fled the country in 1978 after being convicted of sexually assaulting an underage girl, and is now being extradited to the United States.
As well, Foser generously credits conservative blogger Patterico (who works for the L.A. County District Attorney’s office) with pointing out columnist Anne Applebaum’s unstated conflict of interest in the matter: her husband, “Polish Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski, is lobbying the U.S. to drop proceedings against Polanski.”
Finally, the one thing conservatives and progressives can agree upon: child molesters should be punished, no matter how many Oscars they’ve won.
Sadly, we can’t even go that far.
To site just one example from this week: on The View, liberal Whoopi Goldberg opined that what happened to Polanski’s victim wasn’t “rape-rape,” adding that, in Europe, the incident wouldn’t have been such a big deal. And please don’t comment that “nobody watches The View;” millions of women do, every day.
Now, American liberals bemoaning the philistinism and puritanism of their unwashed fellow citizens is nothing new. What is relatively new is what Catholic blogger and author Mark Shea has called “the mainstreaming of pedophilia,” a phenomenon driven by Hollywood and other cultural taste-makers.
People were shocked back in the 1990s, when little girls dressed up as “Pretty Woman” (i.e., a prostitute) for Halloween. These days, pre-pubescent girls dress like that to go to school every day. Movies from obscure festival prize-winners to Oscar winners like American Beauty are incrementally normalizing pedophilia. Glamor is a potent agent of erosion. (Which is why, incidentally, Catholics renewing their baptismal vows promise to “reject the glamor of evil.”)
As Mark Shea has observed ruefully: today’s progressives (rightly) condemn pedophile priests (although mostly as a stick to beat the Catholic Church with); tomorrow’s even “more enlightened” ones will be obliged by their own twisted, doctrinaire logic to hail them as poor, misunderstood victims of society’s “dark age” intolerance.
Gee, if only all those Catholic priests had thought to go to film school instead.