Roman Polanski was at the Cannes Film Festival to introduce his film Venus in Furs and he decided to impart his feelings about women. He doesn’t like them to be masculine and he claims that the pill and other medical advances have made women too much like men.
Polanski’s views on relationships and issues of gender have always been controversial. But this latest “viewpoint” seems to have been generated by the ageing comic Jerry Lewis who said earlier in the week that he couldn’t stand to see women doing “broad” comedy.
Lewis said, “I cannot see women doing that. It bothers me. I cannot sit and watch a lady diminish her qualities to the lowest common denominators. I just cannot do that.”
This statement seemed to set Polanski off who said, “I think the pill has greatly changed the women of our times, masculinizing them. There are other elements. I think it chases away the romance from our lives and that’s a great pity.”
Polanski added, “I think it’s a pity that now offering flowers to a lady becomes indecent. That’s how I feel about it.”
Polanski went on to criticise the modern attempt “to level the genders” which he called “purely idiotic.” He blamed this on the introduction of the pill as birth control for women and other advances in medicine.
But considering Roman Polanski’s troubled and illegal background in his dealings with the opposite sex, it is surprising that he felt that anyone wanted to hear that he doesn’t like his women to be masculine or his opinions on women at all.
In case you have forgotten, or perhaps did not know, Polanski’s pregnant first wife Sharon Tate, a rising and beautiful young actress whose star was just taking off, was brutally murdered by members of the Charles Manson gang in 1969.
In a horrific turn of events several of Manson’s followers obeyed his command to kill the occupants of the house where Sharon was at. Despite the fact that the person Manson wanted killed no longer lived there, his murder team killed all who were in the house, shocking the world and sending tremors of fear throughout the Hollywood community.
While Polanski was obviously traumatised by this event, he went on to lose anything resembling sympathy from the public when he was charged in 1977 with the statutory rape of a 13 year-old girl.
Polanski pleaded guilty to the charge of unlawful sex with a minor. But when it came time for him to be sentenced for the crime, Polanski ran. He fled to London and then moved to France. Over 32 years later in September 2009 Polanski was temporarily taken into custody by the Swiss Police.
The United States authorities had requested Polanski’s extradition but ultimately, despite his arrest, the Swiss authorities let him go and declared that he was a “free man.” In a later interview that Roman gave for a film documentary he stated that he regretted the episode and had done so for the last 33 years.
But while Roman Polanski has still to be sentenced for the crime he committed against a 13 year-old girl in 1977, it appears to be the epitome of audaciousness from him that anyone would care to hear his opinions on women, especially that he doesn’t like them to be masculine. Apparently, he only likes them to be young.
By Michael Smith