Monday, October 5th, 2009
There are plenty of good men and women on the left who’ve begun speaking out against the liberal elites in Hollywood defending Roman Polanski. Perhaps this shows that there’s a chance that some moral leftists, down the road, will also begin to see and expose the rotten flooring beneath the “preening, fatuous” arguments against Israel, as articulated by that other “liberal cultural elite” on college campuses and in the White House.
Here’s Katha Pollitt in The Nation (Oct. 1): “The widespread support for Polanski shows the liberal cultural elite at its preening, fatuous worst. They may make great movies, write great books, and design beautiful things, they may have lots of noble humanitarian ideas and care, in the abstract, about all the right principles: equality under the law, for example. But in this case, they’re just the white culture-class counterpart of hip-hop fans who stood by R. Kelly and Chris Brown and of sports fans who automatically support their favorite athletes when they’re accused of beating their wives and raping hotel workers. No wonder Middle America hates them.”