On Saturday, October 14, 2017 The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced their decision to expel Harvey Weinstein from the organization via two-thirds majority vote.

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board of Governors met today to discuss the allegations against Harvey Weinstein, and has voted well in excess of the required two-thirds majority to immediately expel him from the Academy. We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over. What’s at issue here is a deeply troubling problem that has no place in our society. The Board continues to work to establish ethical standards of conduct that all Academy members will be expected to exemplify.”

There are many within Hollywood applauding the expulsion of Harvey Weinstein from The Academy. Americans should be collectively pleased he has been ousted in such an expeditious manner. But if the Motion Picture Academy wishes to appear sincere in their expulsion, then Roman Polanski should have received the same sentence. If there is a shred of sincerity within their statement, they will immediately rescind the Oscar they awarded to convicted child rapist and fugitive from justice, Roman Polanski.

Polanski is a convicted child rapist and fugitive from justice and was so at the time the Academy awarded him the Oscar, coupled with a standing ovation. As long as the Motion Picture Academy still recognizes the Oscar they awarded to convicted rapist Roman Polanski, they’re only giving lip service in order to extinguish flames.

Within the statement publicized by The Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Board, they make the following claim:

We do so not simply to separate ourselves from someone who does not merit the respect of his colleagues but also to send a message that the era of willful ignorance and shameful complicity in sexually predatory behavior and workplace harassment in our industry is over.

In order to “separate” the Academy from sexual predators, they will need to rescind the Oscars they awarded to sexual predators in the past. Currently, the way the statement reads and without additional actions taken, the board certifies their respect for a convicted child rapist and fugitive from justice while cementing their willful ignorance to the industry’s predatory natures.

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