It all boils down to the fact that Polanski is famous and talented and an Olympian artist, living above the world of mortals. Indeed, if he didn’t rape that girl — and he did — Polanski would still be considered a pig in most normal communities….
His defenders don’t care. They are above and beyond bourgeois notions of morality, even legality.
Jonah Goldberg on the defenders of Polanski: