Thursday, October 15, 2009

Ode To A Pedophile (Going Up The River)

With any luck, Roman Polanski will end up in a cell in San Quentin with a White Aryan Nation cellmate. The new boy will get right to the shank of things. If this is a (fair & balanced) poetic justice, so be it.

[The Nation]
What Whoopi Goldberg ('Not A Rape-Rape'), Harvey Weinstein ('So-Called Crime') et al. Are Saying In Their Outrage Over the Arrest Of Roman Polanski
By Calvin Trillin (Deadline Poet)

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A youthful error? Yes, perhaps.
But he's been punished for this lapse—
For decades exiled from LA
He knows, as he wakes up each day,
He'll miss the movers and the shakers.
He'll never get to see the Lakers.
For just one old and small mischance,
He has to live in Paris, France.
He's suffered slurs and other stuff.
Has he not suffered quite enough?
How can these people get so riled?
He only raped a single child.

Why make him into some Darth Vader
For sodomizing one eighth grader?
This man is brilliant, that's for sure—
Authentically, a film auteur.
He gets awards that are his due.
He knows important people, too—
Important people just like us.
And we know how to make a fuss.
Celebrities would just be fools
To play by little people's rules.
So Roman's banner we unfurl.
He only raped one little girl. Ω

[Calvin Trillin began his career as a writer for Time magazine, and has been a staff writer for The New Yorker since 1963. For fifteen years Trillin wrote a series for The New Yorker called "U.S. Journal" — a 3,000-word article from somewhere in the United States, every three weeks. Since 1984, he has penned a series of longer narrative pieces under the heading "American Chronicles." He later became a columnist for The Nation, writing what USA Today called "simply the funniest regular column in journalism." That column became syndicated from 1986 through 1995. In 1996, he returned to Time magazine as a weekly columnist. To date the column has been collected in five books. A native of Kansas City, MO, Trillin received his BA, from Yale College in 1957. He served in the army, and then joined Time. Most recently, Trillin, most recently, is the author of Deciding the Next Decider: The 2008 Presidential Race in Rhyme (2008).]

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