What do Roman Polanski and Mike Tyson have in common? They were both charged with, and in Tyson's case convicted of, rape.
Unfortunately, they were both celebrities before becoming committing their crimes. I say unfortunately, because after committing their heinous acts, many people still put their fame above their crime labeling them celebrities first, rapists second.
When it most certainly should be the other way around.
In Roman Polanski's case, he fled the country after being charged with raping a 13 year-old girl. Ever since then, the Hollywood community has rallied for his return. After all he's a brilliant director. Shouldn't that count for something? Yeah, right. Didn't his victim's feelings count for anything?
Mike Tyson was arrested, convicted and served time for raping an 18 year-old girl. His lawyers used the age-old defense that the young lady came to his room. So what? Going into a guy's hotel room is not the same thing as saying, "Yes, please, have sex with me even when I say ‘no.'"
Tyson's attorney's even went as far as claiming he was the victim. That the young lady was just trying to get money out of him.
Today, Tyson is getting ready for his one man show in Las Vegas. A show about his life. Are you fucking kidding me? His life?
What about the lives of the young girls who were raped by these men?
It is true, that often young girls become enamored with celebrities. Hey, I know that back in my teens and early twenties, if Rod Stewart or Mick Jagger had made a some kind of pass at me, well, first you would have had to pick me off the floor, and then I would have been flattered. But I know I wouldn't have wanted to sleep with them. To me, sex went with love. And I would have said no.
In today's media-driven world, little girls grow up so much faster than when I was young. It seems to happen overnight.
One day your little girl is wearing baggy sweat pants and the next she wants to wear seductive clothing. And not because she wants to have to sex. She probably doesn't even know what sex is yet. She just wants to dress like that star on TV that sings and dances and acts.
She may want to wear those clothes to the mall. Parade around with her friends. Flirt with the boys. And then come home. Get into her baggy pajamas and play with her dolls.
It's a sad situation that there are so many men/boys who think a girl in a short skirt is one that wants sex.
It's even sadder that the celebrities who feel this way are treated differently than the average citizen. That because they are considered talented individuals with much to offer our culture, they should be given a second chance and allowed to live as if nothing ever happened.
While their victims aren't even given a second thought.
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