As a general rule advertising directly to my kids is not something I’m happy with. Take a moment to watch this video. It’s a wonderful use of media.
This is a horrendous video, it’s one of the worst things I’ve seen online.
I think it’s also important that we see it. The description reads:
2004: Aransas County Court-At-Law Judge William Adams took a belt to his own teenage daughter as punishment for using the internet to acquire music and games that were unavailable for legal purchase at the time. She has had ataxic cerebral palsy from birth that led her to a passion for technology, which was strictly forbidden by her father’s backwards views. The judge’s wife was emotionally abused herself and was severely manipulated into assisting the beating and should not be blamed for any content in this video. The judge’s wife has since left the marriage due to the abuse, which continues to this day, and has sincerely apologized and repented for her part and for allowing such a thing, long before this video was even revealed to exist. Judge William Adams is not fit to be anywhere near the law system if he can’t even exercise fit judgement as a parent himself. Do not allow this man to ever be re-elected again. His “judgement” is a giant farce. Signed, Hillary Adams, his daughter.
I’m putting it behind the fold. If you know someone who is being abused don’t stay silent.
In the US and Canada you can call 1-800-4-A-CHILD if you are being abused or know a child who is. You don’t have to be an adult to make the call. Someone will listen.
To reiterate, this is a shocking and disturbing video, but some of us need to be shocked and disturbed to be willing to take action.
The Hollywood Reporter published today a short blurb about Roman Polanski’s life story as told by documentarian Laurent Bouzereau.
Apparently the film was shot while Polanski was under house arrest in Zurich. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the “controversial life story” of Roman Polanski I can sum it up for you in bullet points.
- Born August 1933
- Survived the Holocaust in Poland
- 1962 made his first feature
- 1968 directed Rosemary’s Baby
- 1969 pregnant wife Sharon Tate is murdered by Charles Manson
- 1977 (age 43) arrested and charged with the rape and sodomy of a 13 year old girl involving drugs
- 1978 fled to France
Of course many of us remember Polanski’s arrest in 2009 for the six outstanding charges in the US.
I’m certain that Polanski has suffered more heartache than most people alive, but I’m equally certain that he’s inflicted more pain than most people alive. I cannot imagine a scenario wherein a 43 year old man mistakes a 13 year old girl for anything but a child.
I cannot imagine another profession that would embrace a child rapist with open arms lavishing him with awards and press.
My big question in all of this is how this documentary will be presented in America. My understanding is that the Son of Sam Laws prevent criminals form profiting from their crimes, and surely this movie would be a fine example of that.
EDIT: Apparently the film received a standing ovation in Zurich. I’m disgusted.