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Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is

October 7th, 2009 at 08:55 pm

[url]http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704471504...

Financial Integrity, scfr style ...

Started my own little personal boycott.
No more Miramax Films movies for me. I'm also boycotting the films of the directors mentioned in this article, and will boycott the films of any other directors who sign this petition as I learn about them. I just went through my Netflix Queue and hit the delete button as needed.
I know my boycott won't matter one little bit to these guys (I get DVDs from the library & my 2-a-month Netflix subscription and I go to the movie theater only once or twice a year), but if I am to spend my money in a way that is consistent with my values, I can't allow a single penny of mine to go to them.

Since when is raping a 13 year old child excusable? When I think of myself at 13 (the farthest I had "gone" with a boy was holding hands while skating around the roller rink) it makes me feel ill to think about what that poor child endured. That anyone would come to Polanski's defense by minimizing the seriousness of the crimes and suggesting that he be given a pass because he is an "artiste" is just disturbing.

Why am I not boycotting the actors and anyone else who signs the petition? Well, with all due respect to any actors who might read this, I accept that some people are more naive and swayed by what others around them are doing. But these directors are SMART GUYS ... They should know better!

I have not yet decided how long my boycott will last. Ideally it will be for as long as Polanski's jail term would have been had he not slithered away on his belly.

P.S. - Maybe I'll replace the movies I deleted with Chris Rock films:
[url]http://www.wgem.com/Global/story.asp?S=11258100[/url]

11 Responses to “Putting My Money Where My Mouth Is”

  1. monkeymama Says:

    & replace with Kevin Smith too - yay Kevin Smith.

    Thanks for the link - that is appalling. I didn't know so many in the industry were defending him.

    I have been fascinated by the TV show, "Intervention." Reality show about addiction. About 90% of the time it starts with, "I was raped as a child." I was just watching a meth addict who was raped at 12. Like these people don't "die" when they are raped.

    I mean seriously, does anyone who supports him have a daughter or a sister? Ugh.

  2. debtfreeme Says:

    Thank you for sharing this article. I believe he should be brought to justice and have the plea agreement voided. Let him do the whole time he would serve if he was a regular guy. I believe he was only going to have to serve a year. How about adding on a sentence of several years for leaving? Oh, and he did admit he did it so he should pay for it!

  3. homebody Says:

    Thank you! It was nice to see some Hollywood folks coming out against him. Monkey we record every intervention and Hoarders. It seems like almost every female addict has sexual abuse in their past. Very sad.

    We rarely go to the movies. There are so may stars we won't watch anymore.

  4. scfr Says:

    Monkeymama - I found a "two-fer": The movie Dogma was directed by Kevin Smith & Chris Rock is one of the stars. Not a movie I would have selected normally, but now it's at the top of the Queue.

    I haven't seen "Intervention" ... But it sounds like it would be good suggested viewing for Harvey Weinstein and the rest of them.

  5. baselle Says:

    I love the "youthful indescretion" defense at 43. As a 47 yr old woman I find it charming - not.
    Dogma is a fun movie - very mid 90s.

  6. ceejay74 Says:

    Yeah, Dogma is cute (and moving at times)--it's profane but devout at the same time.

    You know, I honestly didn't know the details of his crime until this recent development. It was always mentioned so casually in stories about his movies--"alleged rape of an underage girl"--that I always assumed it was like consensual sex with a 16-year-old that was technically statutory rape--you know, inappropriate but not necessarily evil. When I read the details I was genuinely shocked at how bad it was. The manipulation, the deception, the drugging, the force used, the really really young age of the girl--and he hasn't tried to deny it since he pled guilty, so I have to assume it's all true. Horrifying to think about.

    I will generally still watch someone's oeuvre(sp?) even when I think they're bad people--I still laugh at Kramer in Seinfeld reruns even though he screamed "N***er!" repeatedly in that horrible meltdown. But it doesn't mean I think they should get off more lightly for their crimes. Especially something like this!

  7. frugaltexan75 Says:

    Like Ceejay I've heard about it in terms of "alleged rape" but never any details. I remember a friend and I going to see "greencard" and my dad saying how much he despised him. It's despicable that he has gotten off so lightly for such a terrible crime, and even more so that people who should know better are standing up for him.

    However, I don't think I'd boycott all their films. If I boycotted all the films which had actors with beliefs and behaviors that clashed with mine, I'd be left with very few to watch. But I do think it's admirable that you are choosing to do so.

  8. midlight21 Says:

    You okay over there? Checking in on you...

  9. baselle Says:

    Say, did you check out Doonesbury in recent weeks? (1st, 2nd week of October) Ripped from your blog post.

  10. scfr Says:

    No, baselle, I didn't ... I'll have to see if I can find it on-line.

  11. -Jerry- Says:

    The fact that people are coming to this weasel's defense makes me queasy... and then I remember who most of them are, and the kinds of things THEY are doing. I agree with your boycott, and I hope that, somehow, somewhere, this arrest leads to him doing time, rather than living overseas on a luxurious annuity of some sort. I loved Chris Rock's comments, too. He seems to really cut out all the B.S. as a general rule.
    Jerry

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