What's the difference between disgraced cinematic icons Mel Gibson and Roman Polanski? That's the
question raised by AOL Surge Desk contributor Paul Wachter. His
conclusion? Not much, save for the way Hollywood's treating them.
Wachter isn't looking to justify the Gibson tapes, with their confusing
fusion of arson, rape and racial slurs. But he humbly offers that
raping a 13-year-old might be worse:
Rape is a crime. Being a racist is not. That's not a case for letting Gibson off the hook -- by all means blacklist racists -- but an indictment of Hollywood's hypocrisy.Gibson was dropped as a client by William Morris Endeavor Entertainment last week. Polanski, a fugitive since fleeing Los Angeles in 1977, received 138 celebrity signatures on a petition protesting his pending extradition from Switzerland, and was released from custody last week.