Excuse Me While I Rant…

October 1, 2009

Roman Polanski is a rapist. There is no question about that. It can also be argued that he is a sociopath, in that he simultaneously displays a complete lack of conscience and an inability to feel any kind of remorse for drugging and sodomizing a 13 year old girl in a hot-tub who said “No” to his advances.

Perhaps even more shocking is the overwhelming amount of celebrities who have rushed to Polanski’s defense after his arrest in Europe. “It wasn’t rape-rape,” says the morally infallible Whoopie Goldberg. Woody Allen (the guy that ditched Mia Farrow to marry her daughter) led a group of celebrities to sign a petition demanding Polanski’s, “immediate release.” Then there is this gem from Harvey Weinstein:

“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.”

Yes, Mr. Weinstein. It was you and you alone who did anything to help the victims of 9/11 and Katrina. Certainly nobody else lifted a finger. I’m so pleased we have “Hollywood” to hold together the moral fibers of our country. [end sarcasm]

But lets be serious now… Sending money to help people in trouble is good, but it is NOT compassion. Compassion is when people who aren’t suffering enter into the lives of those who do suffer, and suffer right along with them. A compassionate person does not approach someone in mourning and say, “Oh. Everything will be ok. Here is some money. Go buy yourself some ice-cream to make you feel better.” A compassionate person approaches someone in mourning and does not say anything. Instead, they stand beside them and mourn with them.

Is that what “Hollywood” did for the victims of 9/11? Is that what “Hollywood” did for Katrina? Is that what “Hollywood” does for anyone that suffers?

But let’s cut them some slack. I mean, it’s not like they have a model to follow. I mean, who has ever actually left a paradise like Hollywood and entered into anyone else’s suffering for no reason other than giving comfort to those who needed it? [end sarcasm again]

More thoughts later… I’ve gotta get to Sacramental Theology.


  1. Brilliant! Great rant!

  2. Well said

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