One of the most outrageous interviews I’ve watched for a long time would have to be the one done on Sixty Minutes, followed by the Today Show with Samantha Geimer.
When Samantha Geimer was 13, her mother allowed her to spend time alone with the mega famous director of the time, Roman Polanski, who was on the hunt for young models to shoot for French Vogue. A friend of a friend of Geimer’s mother, an aspiring actress suggested she put her daughter forward for the job, which she did.
What then resulted was Samantha posing not only topless for Roman but accompanying him to actor Jack Nicholson’s house where they drank champagne, he gave her some sort of a pill and the two ended up having sex. Polanski was eventually charged with unlawful sex with a minor.
I’ve heard Samantha Geimer talk about this enormously public and no doubt horrendous chapter in her life before, although for some reason now she has a book out, most media outlets are making out it’s the first time she’s telling her story. It’s not. However it does seem to be conveniently the first time that she’s throwing a slightly new spin on her opinions on the event. Now she is effectively saying that what happened to her is not quite as big a deal as we all thought it was, and what society says it certainly was and still is.
She says that we have to remember that having sex with a minor wasn’t ‘uncommon’ in the 70’s; as if it was somehow a bit more in fashion back then. Maybe in Hollywood where powerful men could get away with it but it still wasn’t legal or moral and at age 50 which she now is, surely she realizes that what’s she saying is totally stupid and unbelievably reckless?
There’s something so divisive about how she’s decided to sell her book. She’s doing an appalling disservice to every single person in the world that’s ever been sexually abused. Perhaps she’s forgetting that there are not one set of rules for Hollywood and another for the normal people in the world? If a grown man, 3 times the age of a minor coerces a young person into sex, he’s a sick and there is only ever one answer to this issue in society and that is it’s not on ever.
Of course we can all accept the bad decisions made by a child, as she was when she says she made mistakes, which may or may not have prevented sex occurring with Polanski but we will always wonder, “Where was your mother?”
But what is this woman thinking by saying such things, as the police investigation, hospital exams and press reports were more traumatic than the attack itself? She says: “I did something wrong, I was stupid… To pose topless, and to drink and to take the [sleeping] pill.”
How could this woman that seems to be caught up in the notoriety of this awful story be so blaise about what she is putting out there to the world so she can sell a few books? You are making a statement to the world, what part of that don’t you get?
Surely she’d have to have thought for a moment “Maybe I shouldn’t say this as it effectively tells every pedophile and sleazebag that sexual acts with a minor don’t always damage the child that badly.”
But of course, this is being reflected against the backdrop of the HOLLYWOOD sign and you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to work out how screwed up the morals and desires are of many of the types that moth around it.
She’s spruiking forgiveness, which is one thing she has given Polanski but she’s doing it at the price of innocent children all over the world. And slapping every adult battling their childhood abuse nightmares straight in the face with this book. It makes me think that sadly, she may not have learnt anything from her tragic past at all.