Monday, November 30, 2009

Freedom Fries

I love the holiday season: the chill in the air, the smiles on the faces of the people you meet on the street, the joyous sights and sounds of Christmas everywhere you turn, and of course, that special little thrill -- the one that comes with knowing that you may get exactly what you want under the tree this year.

Especially if what you want is to see a convicted child rapist and international fugitive out of jail and back home in his palatial Alpine chalet and to hear the indignant applause of bombastically pompous Frenchmen.

Yes, folks, lock up your daughters: Roman Polanski is a free man for the time being. And cover your ears to keep your brains from staging a revolt and trying to escape your head any way they can: Bernard-Henri Lévy, everyone's favorite self-proclaimed philosopher, intellectual-at-large and all around elitist prick, is breathing a sigh of relief.

I keep wondering how this man can be any more of a piously condescending European cliché, and yet he continues to step up his game, consistently knocking it out of the park again and again. He's the A-Rod of A-holes.

His take on the release of Polanski from a Swiss prison:

"The decision to free Roman Polanski is a wise decision. It honors the people who took it. It shows that the arguments developed by the movie director's partisans -- including those published on the French review's website of 'La Règle du Jeu' -- have finally been fruitful... At this very moment, I am thinking about Emmanuelle, his wife. I am thinking about his two kids who saw their dad's name ignominiously dragged through the mud. I am mostly thinking about him: Roman Polanski, who I don't know, but whose fate has moved me so much. Nothing will repair the days he has spent in prison. Nothing will erase the immense, unbelievable injustice he has been subjected to. Nothing will take away the hysteria of those ones who have never stopped pouring contempt upon him, hounding him through hatred and asking for his punishment as if we were living the darkest and most ferocious hours of the McCarthy era all over again. At least the nightmare is about to end. At least the end of the hell is looming. And this, for the time being, is what does matter."

Feel free to take a minute if you feel like you need to.

I'm not even going to bother refuting or assailing any of the unmitigated crap Lévy is once again melodramatically spewing; it just isn't worth it. I actually sort of feel like thanking him for turning out the most sociopathic screed that I've seen from anyone not Glenn Beck in at least a couple of months.

At this point, I'll only say this: Doesn't the CIA have special ops teams trained to silently go into hostile countries, black bag fugitive criminals and, I don't know, render them to places where the justice system actually works and being the guy who directed Rosemary's Baby doesn't buy you a Get Out of Jail Free card for drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl? And now that I think about it, isn't there occasionally, you know, "acceptable collateral damage" on missions like these?

Be a real shame to find out Roman Polanski was suddenly missing and that Bernard-Henri Lévy had been mysteriously run over by a truck.


DXM: The Fall of Roman/9.29.09

DXM: The Fall of Roman: I Rest My Case/9.29.09

DXM: The Fall of Roman: Art Attack/9.30.09

DXM: A Petition To the State of California in Support of Roger Avary/9.30.09


brite said...

Just a clarification...he's not 'free'. He put up $4 million and is under strict Swiss house arrest with an alarmed anklet and is not allowed to leave his chalet. So don't worry about your daughters folks.And his extradition to the US is still pending.

Chez said...

He's out of jail and although he'll be monitored by an ankle bracelet, it doesn't have a GPS locator on it which means that he could conceivably skip town again. You don't think he has plenty of people throughout the European art and intellectual community who'd love to play the cloak and dagger fantasy role and help him hide?

brite said...

The Swiss are, well, a bit more vigilant when it comes to following the letter of their own law (trust me on this). I think it's unlikely Polanski's going to 'skip' on $4 million,and at this point he has yet to pay the bond.

judyplainandtall said...

I must say that I'd be all for living through the darkest and most ferocious hours of the McCarthy era if it had to do with unrepentant pedophiles rather than communists.

Yeah, Id be absolutely fine with that.

Le Penseur said...

Bernard-Henri Levy is a man in serious need of a vicious kick to the 'nads.

Amanda said...

Reaction after reading the Levy excerpt:

*head explodes*



Funny how he thinks being detained by the Swiss "dragged [his name] through the mud" and not, say, oh, I don't know, RAPING A 13 YEAR OLD, would do the trick.

Peach said...

Halfway through that shit I thought, if we just tweak some minor details, this would be a fitting tribute to Nelson Mandela.

But nope. It's for good old Rapist Polanski.

This is exhaustingly pathetic. I promise, Chez, should I see Mr. Levy on the steets of Paris I'll punch him in the face (American style..a tribute) I'll do what I can to get a photo before I escape into the metro. I'll get away with it too. Dont ask me how I know this. I just will.

Chez said...

I love the way this asshole casually references the McCarthy era -- a dark and embarrassing period in American history -- to make his point.

Fucking douche.

Anonymous said...

So he is not technically free, then? That's a good thing. I thought for a minute there that I missed something and that sodomizing a thirteen year old girl was all the sudden legal. This does make me wonder if in Levy's New Philosophy if sodomizing a thirteen year old girl would be considered OK? My guess is that it would, he looks like a whack job, anyway. It would probably be mandatory.

Gabrielle said...

Oh, dear. I really, really, really hate it when BHL pulls this kind of crap, because it's pretty much the surest way - in the world - to cement the worst of all French stereotypes.
Again, please don't think he speaks for all of us. He is considered by his fellow countrymen to be narcissistic beyond belief, dead wrong on foreign policy issues at least as often as he is on the acceptable side of things, and, yes, a fucking douche.
Which is why I wish he wasn't being handed a microphone in the US as well. A) His words offer no wisdom or useful information of any kind to any American, and B) He just makes French people look bad. No, not bad; TERRIBLE.
The last thing I would ever want to do is to create any potentially messy professional situations for you, Chez, but could you please tell me why BHL gets so much play on the HuffPost?

Alex Barreto said...

Slightly tweaking Levy's words to advocate for the victim:

"Nothing will repair the events of the days she has spent wondering why. Nothing will erase the immense, unbelievable suffering she has been subjected to. Nothing will take away the feeling of Polanski pouring himself upon her, violating her through hatred and asking for his punishment to be ignored as if we were living the darkest and most ferocious hours of the Roman Empire all over again. The nightmare will never end but at least the end of the injustice is looming. And this, for the time being, is what does matter."

Tracer Bullet said...

I really have nothing against the French. In fact, I rather admire their style, their conviction that life is to be enjoyed and their general joie de vivre. But today, thanks to you, Bernard Henri-Levy, I am going to kick the fuck out of a poodle.

French Anonymous said...

Maybe you love to hate BHL because you're more used to vapid narcissistics without vocabulary, like ?

You don't know your happiness, Chez.

Imagine a world where celebutards (as in leotards) had more than 10 words to express themselves. Imagine a world where Dubya could really speak his mind. In all it's degusting details. Would you like it ? Me neither.

Pompous assholes are the same the world over. But you know what, Chez : BHL just barks. He has no influence whatsoever in France, in Europe or in the World. Nobody will kill because of a BHL talk. He's as unimportant as the White House dinner crashers.

Wish I could say the same of all the pompous assholes of the world.

Tracer bullet : all poodles were yapping BHLs in their previous lives. All small dogs were.

Vermillion said...

Last time I checked, the McCarthy era was essentially a bunch of assholes persecuting people expressing their Constitution given right to disagree with their government. The only remote link to that and this is the very superficial display of a government smacking down on a member of the artistic community.

As soon as any nation-based document says raping anyone (man, woman or child) is your right under their flag, and yet they persecute Polanski, then will I accept the comparison.

Oh Gabrielle, I would love to express my sadness of your country's association with this douche, but then you may not set our pants ablaze with your French diatribes.

Jeremy said...

Hmmm. Maybe for his next piece Levy can apologize to the ghost of Hitler for his country-men in the Resistance who stifled his creative endeavor to spread the Reich. I mean, the man was only trying to be a political artist.
(Yeah, I did it... I invoked the "H" word... and I don't care.)