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Roman Polanski kicked out of the film academy. It’s about time.

There is an article that just came out recently where it talks about how the film academy has expelled Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski as members. The name of this article caught my attention not because of Bill Cosby, but because of Roman Polanski. Roman Polanski had sex with a 13-year-old girl back in the 1970s and he spent forty-two days in jail. When he got out, Polanski made the choice to run and leave the country. He hasn’t returned to America since. After all this time, Polanski still had a place in Hollywood where he made great films such as The Pianist and even had a supporting role in the movie Rush Hour 3. I just find it interesting how after forty years he is now being kicked out of the academy. Like, what took them so long to kick him out? It really just shows how things were so different last century and before the #metoo movement. Here Polanski has sex with such a young girl and is still able to flourish in his directing career for the next forty years. At the 2003 academy awards, he won the Oscar for best director. There’s a YouTube video of it. When Harrison Ford announced the winner, thunderous applause filled the theater, with Meryl Streep standing up and giving a standing ovation and even Martin Scorsese. I just find it so weird how these people would give this man a standing ovation knowing what he did, and the fact that he ran away because he didn’t want to face his punishment. Why is it that Polanski got a standing ovation in 2003 at the academy awards, because I’m pretty sure if Polanski had been arrested for having relations with a 13-year-old girl today, he wouldn’t have won the Oscar, or even been nominated. Basically, I am happy that the academy kicked him out, but, I just think they did it forty years too late.

-Andrew Dzwonczyk

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