A boycott is being demanded of the new Roman Polanski film by a child protection group called the Phoenix Survivors.
Child protection campaigners have called for a UK-wide boycott of Roman Polanski’s Oscar-nominated film The Pianist because of the director’s child sex conviction. [...]
Referring to the decision to nominate Polanski for an Oscar spokesperson Shy Keenan said: “To those who have turned their blind eye, who are you to forgive? Would you if it was your child?
“It is an astonishing and perverted irony that The Pianist should be nominated alongside Chicago with its storyline based on how a man set out to make a murderer so famous that, in the end, no one, could convict or punish them for their crime.
“They may forgive the crime, even if they were not the victim of it, but unless you treat the sickness the crime will happen again.”
Hmm. By my count The Pianist is the seventh film he’s made since the underage girl business in 1977, yet I don’t recall anyone demanding a boycott of Tess, Frantic, Witness, Bitter Moon, Death and the Maiden or The Ninth Gate. Surely this Phoenix Survivors organisation isn’t just picking on him now because he’s in the news with his Oscar nomination and because they’re trying to draw attention to themselves in attacking him? Where was the fuss in the past? Or did no one feel an urge to pick on him because he wasn’t a prominent enough target?