This post failed to include numerous essays on the site critical of the filmmaker's actions. While the site did include several strong commentaries speaking out in favor of Polanski, the site's anti-Polanski posts outnumber them. I should have dug deeper and apologize for the error. --C.T. END CORRECTION
The Huffington Post
has made it crystal clear where it stands on the news that director Roman Polanski may have to answer for his 31-year-old crime of child rape: "Move on, everyone. Nothing to see here. Keep on directing, Roman. Love ya!"
The popular liberal site has posted numerous essays since news that Polanski was arrested in Switzerland broke over the weekend, each arguing vehemently against the Oscar winner's persecution.
- Kim Morgan: "Roman Polanski understands women" - starts with her exasperation over the Polanski witch hunt.
But HuffPo readers aren't buying it. And boy, are they angry.
Check out the comments left on each of these essays and you'll see faithful HuffPo readers aghast that the site could be defending the indefensible.
Here are just a few comments:
"Nope, it's not a "conspiracy." Child rape is a crime and Polanski should serve his time- he should have served it long ago instead of trying to pay off his victim"
"I am an California attorney, a confirmed Democrat-liberal and admirer of Mr. Polanski's talents and those of many who have niavely signed this petition ... Mr. Polanski did what he did and no amount of spin or the passage of time can change that. He drugged and raped a child. What don't you understand about that? Is it O.K. to do that to your daughters? ... Shame on you, all of you. You should (and probably do) know better.
Could this be the work of conservative "trolls" trying to sway opinion on the site? Possible, but highly doubtful. My best guess is that some issues go beyond ideology, like sticking up for a 13-year-old girl cruelly attacked by a much older man. Thank goodness for that.