Civil Liberties

Where Do You Go to Return a Christmas Gift From Roman Polanski?


The Huffington Post continues its case for the artistic free expression (read: escape from justice of admitted criminal) of Roman Polanski, now cooling his heels in his luxurious Swiss chalet. Noted human rights activist and tuxedo-shirt-wearing moral relativist Bernard Henri-Levy posts an open letter from the director of Pirates and Frantic. Snippets:

My dear Bernard-Henri Lévy, what you have said in the Swiss press is true—I have been overwhelmed by the number of messages of support and sympathy I have received in Winterthur prison, and that I continue to receive here, in my chalet in Gstaad, where I am spending the holidays with my wife and my children.

These messages have come from my neighbors, from people all over Switzerland, and from beyond Switzerland—from across the world. I would like every one of them to know how heartening it is, when one is locked up in a cell, to hear this murmur of human voices and of solidarity in the morning mail. In the darkest moments, each of their notes has been a source of comfort and hope, and they continue to be so in my current situation.

I would like to be able to answer all of them. But it is impossible: there are too many. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could reply? Perhaps in your journal, La Règle du jeu, which has supported me from the very first day? Perhaps you could disseminate these few words I'm sending you? I don't know. I'll leave it up to you.

Happy holidays to you and yours—and, through you, to all of these unknown friends whom I am discovering day after day, and who have helped me so much.

My warmest regards,

Roman Polanski

More here. on Polanski, including a defense by Feminist Majority Foundation that reads, "It's bad a person was raped. But…" here.