Content note: child rape.
When Roman Polanski calls the hope for gender equality “idiotic”, what I don’t think is “I must remember to get more of my advice on relationships between men and women from a man who rapes little girls.” No, I get one of those great moments of clarity where it is confirmed beyond all doubt which is the side that no decent human being would ever want to be on.
With George Pell about to give evidence before the Royal Commission into child sexual abuse, we had better leave a space ready for him to make up the triumvirate, with Polanski and Nick Ross, of repugnant men who should never give anyone advice about sex or morality, ever. Ever ever ever.
Didion at Feminéma, who has just become my new favourite person, has written this response to comments made by Polanski at a press conference at the Cannes Film Festival, where he continues to be welcome.