Can we just all agree that Roman Polanski is a rapist?

Oh, god, no, Victoria Coren Mitchell has written an essay about the sympathetic nature of Roman Polanski.

I hate it when this particular bullshit is pulled. The Roman Polanski case is pretty simple: Polanski drugged a girl, then shoved parts of his body into parts of her body. (Here’s the Wikipedia rundown for the unfamiliar reader.) Since Samantha Geimer was under the age of consent, it was statutory rape; since she was drugged, she couldn’t give meaningful consent and therefore it would have been rape even if she had been over the age of consent. That’s the law, and if you break the law, the state punishes you.* Continue reading →