All the talk about Roman Polanski has got me thinking. Have you noticed how some celebrities' crimes completely overshadow their work, and others not so much?
(And when I say "crimes," I'm not talking about a D.U.I. or a drug bust. I'm talking rape, murder, and domestic abuse.)
For example, Ike Turner was a talented songwriter/musician/producer, yet we only remember him abusing Tina Turner. Yet Phil Spector--who was not only found guilty of murder, but also beat his wife Ronnie Spector--is still remembered as an innovative producer. Also, no one remembers OJ Simpson's stats, but Michael Vick was recently welcomed back into football (for the record, I hope the Eagles fail this season).
Which brings us back to Polanski. Yes, he is a brilliant director, no question about that. But does that justify what he did too that girl? Absolutely not! Yes, the victim has forgiven Polanski, and doesn't want to press charges. But does that mean we should forget about what happened?
That's why every time I either listen to The Ronnettes' "Be My Baby" or watch Polanski's The Pianist, I feel a bit melancholic, because I can't believe that such beautiful art came from such twisted souls.
*UPDATE: In no way am I suggesting that somehow I'm better than Polanski, Simpson, Vick, or Turner. I'm a sinner just as much as them. And I'm not saying they can't be forgiven, either. Sorry for the confusion.
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