AWKWARD: Streep Gave Polanski A Standing O At Oscars
Actress Meryl Streep accepted the Cecil B. Demille lifetime achievement award at last night's Golden Globes and managed to spend her entire speech (below) trashing president elect-Trump in a rambling rant that had her fellow celebrities clapping furiously and liberals across the internet calling her speech heroic.
But if we take a trip in the way-back machine, we can see another example of our moral betters once again clapping "bravely" and "defiantly" for something else they apparently stand for, or at least tolerate "for art's sake": the drugging and raping of a minor.
In the 2003 clip below, Streep and her comrades at the Academy Awards give a standing ovation in honor of director Roman Polanski receiving the Best Director Oscar for The Pianist. Polanski wasn't there to personally pick it up, because he's been in hiding overseas ever since he drugged and raped a young girl with whom he was working.
A 2009 report about Polanski's arrest at a Zurich, Switzerland airport stated:
ABC News obtained transcripts of Geimer's 1977 grand jury testimony, which resulted in six charges against Polanski. They include shocking details of 13-year-old Geimer testifying that the 43-year-old Polanski plied her with champagne and part of a Quaalude before performing oral, vaginal and anal intercourse on her, despite her demands to "keep away."
Polanski himself admitted the girl was his "victim":
But the director is still not ready to face his crimes and is once again breathing a sigh of relief after a court ruled against his extradition:
Exit thought from three-time Oscar winning writer Paddy Chayefsky at the 1978 Academy Awards responding to actress Vanessa Redgrave, who earlier in the broadcast used her acceptance speech time to chastise Jews whom she called "Zionist hoodlums."
"I would like to say, personal opinion of course, that I am sick and tired of people exploiting the occasion of the Academy Awards for the propagation of their own personal political propaganda. I would like to suggest to Miss Redgrave that her winning an Academy Award is not a pivotal moment in history, does not require a proclamation, and a simple 'Thank you' would've sufficed."