This might just be the best quote I've seen so far on the whole Roman Polanski thing, of which I've sworn to stay the hell away from; this quote comes from Chris Rock:
“People are defending Roman Polanski because he made some good movies? Even Johnnie Cochran don’t have the nerve to go, ‘Well, did you see O.J. play against New England?’”
Yeah, okay, I'll say it: Polanski's made some very good films - The Pianist was one of the most moving films I've ever seen - but you can't separate the filmmaker from the person, especially if that person pled guilty to drugging and raping a 13-year-old girl.
You know, Ty Cobb was easily the greatest player of his generation, but he was a psychotic racist with ties to the Klan, and who once beat up a handicapped spectator who was heckling Cobb. That's right: a handicapped spectator.
You can't separate the legend from the gory reality. Nor can you defend it.
Just like it's impossible to talk about what a great running back OJ was, when we all know he killed Nicole Brown Simpson and Ron Goldman.