The famous 84-year-old director has slammed the #MeToo Movement, saying it is nothing more than ‘mass hysteria.’ Roman Polanski is a controversial person as it is, but now, he’s making headlines for a statement that is bound to make a lot of people mad.
As you may be aware, Polanski pleaded guilty to having sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old named Samantha Geimer back in 1977.
He famously left the country due to suspicion of an additional jail sentence!
The director is now undermining the movement that has exposed sexual harassment and other types of misconducts in the movie industry.
During an interview in Polish for Newsweek Polska, he described #MeToo as the perfect example of social ‘mass hysteria’ and compared it to McCarthyism (U.S.A.) or the St. Bartholomew’s Day massacre (France.)
According to the Agence France-Presse, Polanski argued that ‘Everyone is trying to back this movement, mainly out of fear. I think it is total hypocrisy.’
One translation by NBC News also reveals that he went as far as to say the movement is similar to the national mourning which usually follows the passing of North Korean leaders.
That is when people apparently cry so much that it becomes ‘impossible not to laugh!’
Last week, Polanski, as well as Bill Cosby, were expelled from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.
The director continues to work on film projects overseas, however.
Harland Braun, Polanski’s lawyer, has argued against the board’s vote to kick him out.
He issued a letter threatening to take legal action unless Polanski was allowed a hearing.
According to the attorney, the decision to expel him from the Academy was unlawful.
The Los Angeles Times first published the letter which read: ‘We are not here contesting the merits of the expulsion decision, but rather your organization’s blatant disregard of its own Standards of Conduct in, as well as its violations of the standards required by California Corporations Code.’
‘The only thing we are asking for is a hearing, a chance to present his side. I would hope that [the academy’s legal counsel] would say, ‘Let’s avoid an expensive lawsuit. Let’s just start over. We’ll rescind the expulsion, and we’ll put him on notice that we are thinking of expelling him and we will give you the opportunity to present your case.’ That’s the only rational thing,’ the lawyer told the publication.
What do you think about Polanski slamming the #MeToo Movement?