September 30, 2009 / Uncategorized

BOYCOTT!!! Please Forward


The New Agenda is responding to the Hollywood types who think it okay to rape a 13 year-old girl and have organized a petition called “Free Roman Polanski” citing:

The arrest of Roman Polanski in a neutral country, where he assumed he could travel without hindrance, undermines this tradition: it opens the way for actions of which no-one can know the effects.

Know the effects?  You mean the effects of admitting to having drugged and raped a 13 year-old girl and getting away with it?  Can we have a bit of perspective here?

In response, we will be forming our own coalition of organizations, blogs and individuals who do not think it is okay to rape a 13 year-old girl called


and we need your help.

What You Can Do:
* Sign our online petition here. Please forward this email to all the organizations, blogs and individuals that you know and get them to sign on.

* We are asking that all of our coalition members boycott any films where signatories to Free Roman Polanski have directed, produced, acted or otherwise participated. Don’t go to their films.  Don’t rent their films.

And We’re Keeping A List:
Here’s a list of Free Roman Polanski signatories:

Woody Allen
Wes Anderson
Darren Aronofsky
Jonatham Demme
Stephen Frears
David Lynch
Martin Scorsese

Fatih Akin, Stephane Allagnon, Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson, Jean-Jacques Annaud, Alexandre Arcady, Fanny Ardant, Asia Argento, Darren Aronofsky, Olivier Assayas, Alexander Astruc, Gabriel Auer, Luc Barnier , Christophe Barratier, Xavier Beauvois , Liria Begeja , Gilles Behat, Jean-Jacques Beineix, Marco Bellochio, Monica Bellucci, Djamel Bennecib, Giuseppe Bertolucci , Patrick Bouchitey, Paul Boujenah, Jacques Bral, Patrick Braoudé, André Buytaers, Christian Carion, Henning Carlsen, Jean-michel Carre, Mathieu Celary, Patrice Chéreau, Elie Chouraqui, Souleymane Cissé, Alain Corneau, Jérôme Cornuau, Miguel Courtois, Dominique Crevecoeur, Alfonso Cuaron, Luc et Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Jonathan Demme, Alexandre Desplat, Rosalinde et Michel Deville, Georges Dybman, Jacques Fansten, Joël Farges, Gianluca Farinelli (Cinémathèque de de Bologne), Etienne Faure, Michel Ferry, Scott Foundas, Stephen Frears, Thierry Frémaux, Sam Gabarski, René Gainville, Tony Gatlif, Costa Gavras, Jean-Marc Ghanassia, Terry Gilliam, Christian Gion, Marc Guidoni, Buck Henry, David Heyman, Laurent Heynemann, Robert Hossein, Jean-Loup Hubert, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, Gilles Jacob, Just Jaeckin, Alain Jessua, Pierre Jolivet, Kent Jones (World Cinema Foundation), Roger Kahane, Nelly Kaplan, Wong Kar Waï, Ladislas Kijno, Harmony Korinne, Jan Kounen, Diane Kurys, Emir Kusturica, John Landis, Claude Lanzmann, André Larquié, Vinciane Lecocq, Patrice Leconte, Claude Lelouch, Gérard Lenne, David Lynch, Michael Mann, François Margolin, Jean-PierreMarois, Tonie Marshall, Mario Martone, Nicolas Mauvernay, Radu Mihaileanu, Claude Miller, Mario Monicelli, Jeanne Moreau, Sandra Nicolier, Michel Ocelot, Alexander Payne, Richard Pena (Directeur Festival de NY), Michele Placido, Philippe Radault, Jean-Paul Rappeneau, Raphael Rebibo, Yasmina Reza, Jacques Richard, Laurence Roulet, Walter Salles, Jean-Paul Salomé, Marc Sandberg, Jerry Schatzberg, Julian Schnabel, Barbet Schroeder, Ettore Scola, Martin Scorsese, Charlotte Silvera, Abderrahmane Sissako, Paolo Sorrentino, Guillaume Stirn, Tilda Swinton, Jean-Charles Tacchella, Radovan Tadic, Danis Tanovic, Bertrand Tavernier, Cécile Telerman, Alain Terzian, Pascal Thomas, Giuseppe Tornatore, Serge Toubiana, Nadine Trintignant, Tom Tykwer, Alexandre Tylski, Betrand Van Effenterre, Wim Wenders, Isabelle Adjani, Antoine Aronin, Paul Auster, Morgane Beauverger, Candice Belaisch-Goldchmit, Yamina Benguigui, Pascal Bruckner, Jessika Cohen, Philippe Corbé, Jean-Paul Dayan, Katarina De Meulder, Arielle Dombasle, Nathalie Faucheux, Corinne Figuet, Pierre Forciniti, Louis Garrel, Albert Gauvin, Johanna Gozlan, Davide Homitsu Riboli, Taylor Hackford, Isabelle Huppert, Neil Jordan, Thierry Kamami, Milan Kundera, Gaelle Lancien, Claude Lanzmann, Bernard-Henri Lévy, Sam Mendes
Camille Meyer, Patrick Mimouni, Yann Moix, Mike Nichols, Sandra Nicolier
Marie Nieves Perez Neël, Salman Rushdie, Carine Sarna, Ysabelle Saura Del Pan, William Shawcross, Olivier Soares Barbosa, Steven Soderbergh, Nil Symchowicz, Danièle Thompson
Eugenia Varela Navarro, Diane von Furstenberg, Scott Foundas, Margaret Walker
Elsa Zylberstein.

Keep posted to our website for further actions. For now, spread the word!

Read these:
Whoopi: It Wasn’t “Rape-Rape” – (Judith Coyne)
Hollywood Hypocrisy – The New York Times (Geraldine Ferraro and others)

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  • I admire the principals, but those are some great film makers there. When one of your own gets in to trouble, I think it’s hard sometimes to separate the good from the bad. I do not endorse their petition, but I also find it hard to support yours.

  • PJ

    You are awesome! Thanks for doing this very noble work that unfortunately appears necessary.

  • Modem X

    One of our own — a 13 year-old girl — was drugged and vaginally and anally raped by Roman Polanski when he was 43. Justice has finally caught up with the fugitive. We women need to stand behind our own.

  • mierouent

    You misspelled Polanski. I mean, I hope the man pays for his crime, but I can’t boycott some of these filmmakers, they make great stuff. They are, however, stupid for their support. I get the whole “stand by my fellow artist” deal, but this shouldn’t be one of those times.

  • No one thinks what Polanski did three decades ago was acceptable, but one can’t help wondering — why extradite him now? I don’t buy that law enforcement couldn’t find him before — they knew he was back and forth to Switzerland all the time since he has a home there. Justice would have happened if they had actively pursued him when his victim was a still a girl. What does it say to women all over the world that making an effort to find a man who pleaded guilty to having sex with a minor wasn’t worthy of their time and effort? That if he was handed to them on a silver platter, then they would jail him but not before?

    Someone is trying to get some career advancement out of this.

  • Alison

    Looks like a 3rd waver up there in the form of Jenny Mathis who also cannot seem to go without her movies. Her link is a bit tasteless – you may want to delete this one.

  • Alison

    Who are these people saying they can’t boycott a few films? First of all, the movie industry is suffering terribly now – high quality television series is where it’s at. Second of all, AFRICAN AMERICANS ONCE BOYCOTTED BUSES AND WALKED MILES AND MILES AND MILES TO GET AROUND. Of course we can boycott some movies.

    I’m game.

  • Alison

    Pundit Mom,

    But there are people who think what he did three decades ago was acceptable…

  • PJ

    well said Alison! I think this is the least we can do. If they actually signed a list, not gave a couple remarks about how they don’t think the extradition should be a precedent thats one thing, but they actually signed a list associating themselves with this RAPIST (its not like they didn’t know there would be a STRONG association).

    The least we can do is make a counter-list (oh my, i can’t believe we have to make a counter list to this…things are bad). I mean, if there is a pro list, and if there is no anti list– no collective voice against their pro voice–its like saying the rest of us don’t care either way. this is a pretty hefty issue turned into a media frenzy, so if we don’t make some noise, who will?

  • Adrienne in CA

    Thank goodness. I googled “jail polanski” the other day hoping to find buttons for sale, and no luck (though there’s something called a twibbon for Twitter users).

    As for boycotting that unwieldy list, I say keep it simple and swear off TV and movies until Hollywood comes to their senses. Peer pressure from inside the industry will realign priorities in a hurry. If you really think that’s too big a sacrifice, I’m not sure why you’re here.

  • Monarch

    I would be gratified to participate in a boycott of any one of these degenerates. There is no way to rationalize this obscenity and no excuse for it.

    Boycott, boycott, boycott!

  • Thanks all!

    We are working on an online petition which we hope to post on our home page tomorrow. Then we will need all of your help in spreading the word to your respective networks.

    Adrienne I love the pin idea!

    Looks like I’ll finally be catching up on my reading list 🙂

  • Modem X

    Anyone who just “can’t boycott these film makers” because “they make such great stuff” is putting her personal enjoyment of a few films ahead of her feminism.

    Women in the U.S. need to speak out in favor of a boycott so that Hollywood will wake up and stop this “Free Polanski” nonsense. We can’t have much effect on what happens in Europe but we can discourage American actors and directors from jumping on the defend-the-rapist bandwagon.

  • Juliette

    Thanks For Your Great Work Amy.

    As an artist I have to say that great art often comes from not so great people. The ability to create art does not give you a pass on being an adult.
    These “artists” who support Roman the Rapist make liberalism resemble a psycological disorder.
    I have been boy-cotting Hollywood for quite some time because of their mindless support for Barak Obama and all things misogynic. The last film I payed to see was The Stoning of Soriya M.. I just find it hard to look at most of these fools anymore. People who are not capable of moral outrage usually don’t have any morals to begin with. That’s clearly the case wiht too many in Hollywood.
    Woman are in great danger in America if the left does not clean up it’s act and start respecting women. Too often I am forsed to stand with conservatives as I watch my liberal democrats disgrace themselves and embarass liberalism in all it’s forms.

  • mierouent wrote: “I can’t boycott some of these filmmakers, they make great stuff.”

    Bull. You could do it, you just won’t. Lending financial support to these morally bankrupt degenerates is despicable.

    Seems like a lot of people are only willing to join a boycott when it doesn’t interfere with a single need or want. Boycott Burger King? Sure, I don’t eat there anyway. Boycott Letterman? Why not, I don’t stay up that late. Boycott Woody Allen? Gasp! No way, I’ve got my hipster street cred to think about.

    Amy, I’m so glad you’re putting together the petition and I’ll definitely link to it and Tweet it when you post it.

  • Adrienne in CA

    Well, if you’re depressed while boycotting favorite films, you can soothe yourself with a nice French cheese and French wine.


  • Veena

    I have always boycotted Polanski’s films. I will boycott the films of those who have signed the appalling petition to free him.

    I’m so glad that there is a Jail Polanski movement growing.

  • Adrienne in CA

    Oops, messed up the link.


  • Adrienne in CA
  • Kiuku

    It’s patently disgusting. Are they truly lamenting that they cannot longer or may not be able to escape to a “neutral” country? I bet these people also lament the crackdown of American sex tourists who think it is acceptable to rape children overseas. I’m sick of the same old woman, victim blaming going on here. There is a huge resurgence of it, as women who think it is better to blame a woman in a criminal case, any case, than to be invisible. At least I think that is why, even with Feminism, women are returning to finding women bystanders, as well as the female victim, to blame in criminal situations conducted by men.

  • Kiuku

    why don’t we make some Jail Polanski buttons? Seriously 13..43?? Drugs? Come on now. How can anyone defend this? Do they remember what it was like to be 13? Would they like the same thing to happen to them? People really do lack the capability of rational thought. i am convinced.

  • Kiuku

    I’m not surprised that Woody Allen is on there either; a pedophile himself. They all want to normalize pedophilia so they can get their rape on. I’m convinced that pedophilia is an expression of men’s desire to rape. It’s more rapey if it is a child. Maybe Polanski’s mistake was not going to any of the numerous countries that allow grown men to rape children.

  • nat

    I’ve paid to see one movie in the theatres in past five years, and I’m pretty sure I could cut out the DVDs. Really, you can do without.

    I am so disgusted by the lack of outrage on this issue. Not rape-rape? What is wrong with these people!! There is definitely an anti-female component, but I think an equally large component is elitism. Because he’s rich, famous, and a ‘genious’, they all think he should be above the law.

  • Rachel

    Hello? Just because we’re boycotting doesn’t mean you can’t still watch the movies. There are plenty of sites online that stream movies for free. It’s a win-win situation, you get to watch your precious movies without lining the pockets of rape supporters.

  • Meredith

    I can’t believe so many people are defending a rapist. So very, very wrong. Speaking of wrong, could someone please delete the Jenny Mathis link before a child/teenager sees it?!? If we’re trying to “keep it clean” and “no spam”, why did I just see a whole bunch of creepy near-naked photos of this random bottle blond? YUCK!!!!!

  • Michelle

    I agree with this boycott. I think people unwilling to sign have to principles. I don’t care how good someones movies are or how great their acting ability is, it comes down to a group of people that have supported a child rapist. Why is that so unimportant to people? Sickening. I will never watch a movie made by anyone who signed that petition again. Especially when you consider who signed the petition. It is like a whose who list of perverts if you look at their lifestyles and past movies.

  • You dont want to know what I think should be done to people of this Ilk. So just let me say Juleites statement goes for me also , exactely what I think , it couldnt have been said it better . I have given up going to movies because of the creeps in Hollywood , I cant stand looking at them knowing they are such sludge in real life.

  • No additional comment. Bill Kay.

  • Kell Brigan

    Because we must never forget (and in honor of the incestuous Mr. Allen’s new flick):

    “He’s my father married to my sister. That makes me his son and his brother-in-law. That is such a moral transgression. I cannot see him. I cannot have a relationship with my father and be morally consistent… I lived with all these adopted children, so they are my family. To say Soon-Yi was not my sister is an insult to all adopted children.”

    Ronan Farrow