It seems the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is choosing a standard of varieties: expelling convicted rapists.
On Thursday, it launched that its board had ejected Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski “in accordance with the group’s Necessities of Conduct” and as part of a drive “to uphold the Academy’s values of respect and human dignity.”
We flagged the Polanski disadvantage after the board kicked out Harvey Weinstein — who hasn’t been convicted, though he’s admitted to among the many accusations in opposition to him.
Polanski pleaded accountable to raping a 13-year-old girl in 1977, then fled the nation fairly than serve his sentence. He’s moreover been accused of sexual misconduct by various ladies, along with the molestation of a 10-year-old girl all through shoot.
However Hollywood prolonged embraced him, with various Oscar nominations and a standing ovation when he gained Biggest Director in 2003.
Plainly, the board members realized they couldn’t expel Cosby — convicted ultimate week on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, for a doable 30 years in jail — with out bouncing their totally different rapist, too.
Even after they took merely seven days to oust Cosby and 40 years to kick Polanski out.
Then as soon as extra, they’re faraway from the considered one of us scrambling to re-examine their earlier conduct throughout the #MeToo interval.