A new critic of the #MeToo movement who may know a thing or two about the subject matter is self-exiled director Roman Polanski, who has been living outside the U.S. since he got in trouble with an underage girl in the 1970s.
The AP reports that Polanski came out with harsh words for the movement, calling it “collective hysteria” and “total hypocrisy.”
“Polanski made the comment to the Polish edition of Newsweek in a recent interview given just days before the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences stripped him of his nearly 50-year membership, citing a case in 1977 in which he pleaded guilty to unlawful sex with a minor,” the AP reports. “The interview was published this week and the footnote said it was done before the May 3 Academy decision.”
Polanski, a five-time Academy Award nominee who won the Oscar for Best Director in 2003 for “The Pianist,” is quoted saying that to him, #MeToo is a “collective hysteria of the kind that sometimes happens in the society.”
He adds: “Everyone is trying to sign up, chiefly out of fear.” He also reportedly compared the movement to North Korea’s public mourning for its leaders, in which he said people cry so much that “you can’t help laughing.”