by Amanda Hess
Yesterday Roman Polanski champion Bernard-Henri Lévy published a letter from the director on the Huffington Post. You can read the whole thing here, but it’s basically an “I’d-like-to-thank-the-Academy” note to hand out props to everyone who has lent support to the convicted rapist on his zany ride from prison to ski chalet.
As for Lévy, he’s carved out a little rape-apology corner on HuffPo since Polanski’s September arrest. In his latest missive Lévy attributes the success of his position to “the generous access provided by Arianna Huffington and her staff.” Later, Lévy calls the Huffington Post “Arianna’s journal in the United States.”
Sorry to burst your French intellectual bubble, Lévy, but the Huffington Post is no finely curated "journal," access ain’t hard to come by, and your rambling rape apology posts don’t qualify as scholarship. Face it: You’re spreading your screeds on a blog, just like every 13-year-old with a LiveJournal password. And this particular blog? It will publish just about anything. Like this: