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Roman Polanski Reckons Accusations Against Him Are Weinstein's Fault

“For years they have been trying to make me into a monster.”

You would really think that old Hollywood guys who have admitted to committing heinous sexual abuse would know that they should shut up in the #MeToo era, but no, they can’t help themselves. Case in point: Roman Polanski has said that it’s Weinstein’s fault that he’s being accused of new assaults.

Everyone to Roman Polanski

If you need a quick catch up, Roman Polanski directed some films that won some awards, but he’s also one of the creepiest creeps to ever creep.

In 1977, Polanski plead guilty to raping a 13 year old girl, Samantha Geimer. If you can believe it, he only plead guilty to get out of some even more serious charges. He bailed to France while on probation, and had an international arrest warrant put out against him. He’s never been back to the USA.

Since then, he’s been accused by five women of assaulting them when they were underage.

Sadly, he’s far from the only famous person accused of sleeping with underaged girls.

In an interview with a French magazine, Polanski has spoken out about the accusations, and shown absolutely no remorse over anything. He’s also blamed the media and Harvey Weinstein for all of this mess.

“For years they have been trying to make me into a monster,” he said, and by they he means the media. 

“In 1977 I made a mistake and it is my family who are paying the price half a century later. They seize on every new false accusation, no matter how absurd, because it lets them bring up this story. It is like a curse which keeps coming back and I can do nothing about.”

Let me be the first to say: good. I hope this “mistake” follows you around forever. 

As for Harvey Weinstein? According to Polanski, Weinstein brought the case back into the spotlight to sabotage Polanski’s Oscar hopes one of his movies won best film and best director at the 2003 Baftas.

“Weinstein, who had two films nominated at the Oscars, launched a campaign to stop [me getting the award]. It was him who dug up my case with Samantha Geimer from 26 years earlier, which at the time no one was interested in. It was his press agent who first called me a ‘child rapist.'”

Frankly, the two of them deserve each other. In the bin with you both.

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We Haven’t Checked In On The UK In A While, How Are They Doing?

Their Prime Minister is hiding in a fridge, for starters.

Between Scott Morrison assuring everyone that all of the firefighters are having a jolly old time and Labor deciding that coal is all fine and dandy, it’s hard to find the energy to care about what’s happening overseas sometimes. Well, the Brexit bin fire is about to get real spicy. The UK are off to a general election tomorrow so I figured we should check in with our tea loving mates in the UK.

This election was called in the first place because their parliament couldn’t agree on a Brexit deal for what feels like the millionth time, so the Brexit deadline got pushed back to January 2020. The initial referendum on whether or not people wanted Brexit was in June 2016, by the way, so it’s been nearly four years of this.

After a lot of fighting, they all threw their hands in the air and called a general election for December 12.

The two main leaders aren’t exactly impressive. Boris Johnson, the Prime Minister of the conservative government, snatched a journalists phone earlier this week and then hid in a fridge to avoid an interview this morning. So everything is going great for him.

He was also a part of that spicy gossip circle about Trump.

On the other hand the Labour leader is a guy named Jeremy Corbyn, a man who doesn’t actually know whether or not he supports Brexit and is leading a party that’s being investigated for allegations of antisemitism. So not the most appealing option for a lot of people either.

So what happens after the election? One of these five options.

  1. A Brexit deal is actually reached and the UK leaves the EU on January 31st 2020
  2. Nobody can agree on anything, and renegotiations push the deadline back again
  3. Nobody can agree on anything, so they crash out on January 31st with no set deal
  4. Someone calls a second referendum into Brexit, and people get to vote again
  5. Brexit gets canned

Realistically though, there are only four options because neither of the major parties have said they want to cancel Brexit. 

So to conclude, the whole situation is still a mess and the UK election probably won’t fix it. I’ll check back in if they get Brexit done before we all die climate change related deaths.

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Pack Your Bags, Because Finland's New PM Is All We Need In Our Lives

Bye, Mum.

I admit that I didn’t know that much about Finnish politics until now. Actually I knew absolutely nothing about their politics at all tbh, and didn’t think I was ever going to learn that much about it. Plans change though, and I’m invested now because Finland’s new Prime Minister is shattering every glass ceiling like the feminist pioneer she is. 

Sanna Marin is set to become the world’s youngest prime minister at the age of 34, after her party booted their leader and replaced him with her. The old leader, Antti Rinne, quit after he handled a postal strike so badly that he lost the confidence of coalition members.

Marin went into politics at age 20, and worked her way up to become a council leader at 27. After that, she worked to rise through the ranks of the Social Democrats (SDP), where she was the transport minister before being made Prime Minister.

The Social Democrats are Finland’s main centre-left party, and they form a coalition with four other parties – all lead by women.

Not only will Marin became the world’s youngest Prime Minister when she’s sworn in, but she’s also a mum to a nearly two year old and a daughter of same-sex parents. So basically she’s shattering every single stereotype. 

When asked about the fact that she’s a young woman (because of course she was asked that question), Marin said:

“I have never thought about my age or gender. I think of the reasons I got into politics and those things for which we have won the trust of the electorate.”

After the 2019 election here in Australia, the Liberal Party had a total of 23% women in their ranks, and Labor had 47%. 

Honestly, I’m packing my bags and headed to Finland purely because of their Prime Minister. Feel free to join me if you want to take a break from the burning madhouse of Australian politics and come live under kickass, trailblazing leadership.

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