(“SERIOUSLY, I DON’T EVEN KNOW THIS GUY.”)
Just over a week ago, French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterrand said of Roman Polanski’s arrest, “In the same way that there is a generous America that we like, there is also a scary America that has just shown its face.” As it turns out, Mitterand would probably have preferred America show the face of a young Thai boy, so that he might rape it. I call this story “Dude, you’re not helping,” part 2:
The revelations in his 2005 autobiography “The Bad Life” have come back to haunt Mr Mitterrand. In his book, Mr Mitterrand, the nephew of the late Socialist president François Mitterrand, wrote [of his holiday in Thailand]: “I got into the habit of paying for boys…All these rituals of the market for youths, the slave market excite me enormously. One could judge this abominable spectacle from a moral standpoint but it pleases me beyond the reasonable.” [As opposed to reasonable excitement about the slave market...]
“The profusion of very attractive and immediately available young boys puts me in a state of desire that I no longer need to hinder nor hide…as I know that I will not be refused.” [Telegraph]
That’s right, in France, you can have a government position even after publicly declaring your love of young Thai boys. It truly is the land of opportunity. Also, HE STILL HAS A JOB:
Mr. Mitterrand did not give the age of the boys described in his book. He has denied being a pedophile and said the term “boys” was used loosely [hehe -Ed.].
Earlier in the day, one of [French President Nicolas] Sarkozy’s most senior aides had already rallied to Mr. Mitterand’s support, highlighting the sense of alarm in the government.
“I don’t see why he can’t stay in the government, and I don’t see why we dredge up such a pathetic polemic after such a long time,” the aide, Henri Guaino, said of Mr. Mitterrand on France 2 television. “Is he on trial? Has he committed a crime?” [NY Times]
Um… yes? Anyway, if you’re keeping score at home, the coalition of groups defending Roman Polanski now includes Woody Allen, NAMBLA, O.J. Simpson, and the Society for the Appreciation of Pubescent Rapeslaves.
[Thanks to RoboPanda for the tip]