The reaction to the Polanski arrest by most average Americans is pretty much the same: what he did was disgusting and illegal, he has been on the run living in luxury for 30 years and it is about time that he face some actual punishment for it (living in multiple mansions across Europe and paying a small settlement is not a fitting punishment for drugging and raping a 13 year old girl). Ask Hollywood and you get a response that is so diametrically different that you would think we were talking about two separate incidents.
What it ultimately comes down to is this reality: the Hollywood Left thinks it is the moral and intellectual epicenter of America and we should defer to it on all matters. If Roman Polanski is a famous guy and an accomplished director, we should let it go. If the same thing happened to a pig farmer in Iowa, feel free to lock him up forever. After all, who will miss him? But to arrest Roman Polanski? IN EUROPE! Outrageous! What will the Europeans, who are so much more sophisticated than us, think now? The apologists for Polanski are sending the clearest possible message that the rest of America is filled with idiots and that people living between California and New York should shut up and keep paying for tickets to the movies Hollywood pumps out. Check out this paragraph from a Wall Street Journal piece Roman Polanski, Hollywood and Justice.
Not, however, Harvey Weinstein. On Thursday he gave an interview to the Los Angeles Times that will live long in the annals of arrogance. Not only does Mr. Weinstein believe that Mr. Polanski should be set free at once, but he claims that "Hollywood has the best moral compass, because it has compassion. We were the people who did the fundraising telethon for the victims of 9/11. We were there for the victims of Katrina and any world catastrophe." That's the voice of a man who spends his days listening to toadies—and who knows nothing of the deeply felt beliefs of the ordinary people who pay their hard-earned money to see his pictures. I wonder how many of them will henceforth be inclined to steer by the compass of anyone who thinks that rape is a "so-called crime."
How about them apples? Hollywood has compassion because occasionally they will lend their fame to a cause that they find mildly interesting. They care about the poor while living in unbelievable luxury. They understand the moral compass of America while promoting immorality. They understand America better than Americans because they make films about their twisted vision of America. How much does a Hollywood producer, director or actor know about America when they are surrounded by sycophants and luxury 24-7?
Just keep this in mind when you are going to the movies or watching some celebrity pontificating on TV: they think you are an idiot.