Many people have written about this and eloquently, so I’ll keep it short. A man raped a child. His fame or talents are irrelevant. Others have stated this. And though it seems obvious, it is worth repeating. However, there is something else I wonder about, that nobody else has said, to my knowledge.
A basketball player or football player or other athlete found with weed or other drugs is pummeled in the media. People say for shame, you are a role model, and look what you are modeling. How disappointing. How devastating. The athletes are expected to do their time, make up for their crime, and express remorse.
But a filmmaker instead gets people on his side, extolling his talent, forgiving his age (well he’s old now because he got away with the crime for so many years). Is the rape of a child less offensive than smoking dope or snorting cocaine? Why is nobody saying: what are you modeling? For shame. How disappointing. How devastating.
So what’s this all about? Is it a class thing? Athletes often come out of poverty and many aren’t white. This filmmaker is European. He speaks French. Is that the reason he’s excused?
Not in my book. There is no excuse. Not in any circumstance. If anything, I would say that because of his public role, he has more responsibility for his behaviour. And because of his advantages, he has more responsibility to own up to what he has done and to be called to account for it.