What's the difference between disgraced cinematic icons Mel Gibson
and Roman Polanski
? That's the
by AOL Surge Desk contributor Paul Wachter. His
conclusion? Not much, save for the way Hollywood's treating them.
Wachter isn't looking to justify the Gibson tapes, with their confusing
fusion of arson, rape and racial slurs. But he humbly offers that
raping a 13-year-old might be worse:
Rape is a
crime. Being a racist is not. That's not a case for letting Gibson off
the hook -- by all means blacklist racists -- but an indictment of
Gibson was dropped as a client by
William Morris Endeavor Entertainment last week. Polanski, a fugitive
since fleeing Los Angeles in 1977, received 138 celebrity signatures on
a petition protesting his pending extradition
from Switzerland, and was released from custody
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