Statement from Assemblyman Greg Ball (R,C,I-Paterson)
“Today I introduced a resolution in the New York State Assembly, condemning actress Whoopi Goldberg (Caryn Elaine Johnson) for comments she made exonerating movie producer Roman Polanski who has, for years, eluded federal capture by hiding in Europe following a conviction for raping a young teenage girl. Whoopi is quoted as saying, ‘I know it wasn’t rape-rape.’
Her disgusting remarks are an affront to anyone who has ever been molested or sexually assaulted. This type of popularization of criminality worsens what many face, especially since people who have been raped often blame themselves. No amount of cinematic achievement could ever justify this kind of heinous crime, and for her to remain on the popular morning show The View after these comments would be a constant reminder to thousands of victims of sexual assault triggering horrific memories.
At the very least a public apology should be issued from Whoopi for her complete lack of judgment when addressing her audience on a national syndicated program. Rape is rape, no question about it. Whoopi’s comments lead me to believe she is condoning the actions of a convicted rapist and perhaps the actions of every rapist. Regardless of her relationship with Roman Polanski, she should be outraged at his actions and be calling for his extradition back to the United States for sentencing. Rather, she uses her pulpit to excuse the actions of a man who has scarred a young girl for life.”