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Natalie Portman Speaks Out on 'Eating Animals'

Natalie Portman Speaks Out on 'Eating Animals'

Natalie Portman takes to the Huffington Post to write about how author Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything Is Illuminated) and his book Eating Animals changed her already strict vegetarian habits to go even more extreme.

Now, the 28-year-old actress writes, she’s a vegan activist: “[T]his book reminded me that some things are just wrong. Perhaps others disagree with me that animals have personalities, but the highly documented torture of animals is unacceptable, and the human cost Foer describes in his book, of which I was previously unaware, is universally compelling.”

Natalie, who has been voted the World’s Sexiest Vegetarian by PETA, refuses to wear leather or fur and is a huge animal rights advocate.

Read more from Natalie at the HuffingtonPost.com.

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108 Responses to “Natalie Portman Speaks Out on 'Eating Animals'”

  1. 1
    amanda Says:

    Eating animals offends her, but dirty old directors who rape 13-year-olds are okay? KTHX, Nattie.

  2. 2
    rick Says:

    @1
    Not just eating animals but hurting and torturing them is wrong. That is what she is talking about.

    As to Polanski, ask Harrison Ford and others why they signed that petition. They obviously know something we don’t yet.

  3. 3
    postwatcher Says:

    Natalie basically no longer has a career so she does all this for pr.

    She is also balding which really limits her leading actress viability.

    Her head looks exactly like her father’s….

  4. 4
    Say it like it is Says:

    Eating animals offends her.Fine.don’t eat them. Wearing hides of animals in fur, wool,leather does too. Fine don’t wear them.

    What offends me is that peoole go extreme and put their resources way out left field instead of taking their hearts,using good commmon sense and doing something good and not wasting their time. Fight for animal abuse. Animals should be used for food,medical research, but not abused.
    Why don’t these people put a stop to citisens not taking care of pets. Stop dog fights.Set up free palces in ctiites where people can get pets spayed and neutered.
    Educate the public about proper pet care,cost before people take on a pet.

    BTW,if one like Pam Anderson,StellaMcCartney,Paul McCartney, Natlaie Portman,andrest are so vegan,well, do without meds-birth control,cold medications,cancer treatments that Linda McCartney had, etc..
    Meds are tested on animals.Make-up to even if it says it is not.Maybe it,thatbrand isnot,butthe indgredients eleswhere were already tested.

  5. 5
    ganymede30324 Says:

    Who read the book to her?

  6. 6
    me Says:

    @3
    currently she has 10 movies in the works and her forehead is a sign of intelligence, i find her perfect looking and extremely successful, how many 28 year olds have 10 films in the pipe line at once

  7. 7
    Natlie Baldman Says:

    Needs some protein to grow some hair on her head!

  8. 8
    pfarmar#1 Says:

    that is right torturing animals are wrong. nat is not pring! so kill that noise! she is a fine actress. so lay off !!

  9. 9
    fresh Says:

    I’ve disliked her for a while without a good reason BUT now i have one. GO AWAY NATALIE. Your so full of yourself.

  10. 10
    j Says:

    i love her. im also a vegetarian so that makes me respect her even more.

  11. 11
    me Says:

    http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/2259782/angelina-jolie-brad-pitt-damascus-07/

    another large forehead of the most intelligent and beautiful woman in HW.

  12. 12
    me Says:

    http://justjared.buzznet.com/photo-gallery/2073672/angelina-jolie-heathrow-airport-10/fullsize/

    and another large forehead, this woman has brains and talent and education and she cares about others

    Natalie is not far behind her

  13. 13
    Sabrina Says:

    She’s absolutely right! Love her – I think she’s a great person.

  14. 14
    thank you Says:

    thank you jj for posting something interesting, informative and substantive for a change, it would be interesting to read that book

    some of us would much rather see posts on Natalie Portman and what she says and does instead of other typical HW airheads who only eat and shop all the time

  15. 15
    She better move out of NYC Says:

    So is the little activist going to protest all the New York City Delis?

  16. 16
    N.S Says:

    I love t when celebrities speak out on animal cruelty – so many people (including many of the commenters here) seem to have no idea about it – so it’s really important to spread the message.

  17. 17
    @15 @16 Says:

    @15
    she is not the only one who signed the petition, leave Polanski out of it until there is more information on him

    @16
    she is not protesting anything and she is not telling anyone what to do, she is merely explaining her believes and makes ppl aware of cruelty to animals, are you for torture of animals? I am sure you are not, so what are you bitching for?

  18. 18
    @17 Says:

    You are right, most ppl don’t know or even think about it, as neither did she, that is why she mentions the book.

  19. 19
    my take Says:

    If the way animals are mass produced by the big companies is bad to you, then why not by from small local farmers who grain/grass feed their animals. It does not mean you have to go all vegan, which is not always the healthier alternative. I never understood the I don’t like the way my steak was acquired so I’m never gonna eat meat of any kind again. There are other choices besies going cold turkey, because no matter what as long as these big slaughter house suppliers are making money their ways are not going to change but yours can by supporting organic farmers and natural grain/grass fed farms to acquire your meat, pork, poultry and etc.

  20. 20
    @20 Says:

    Small farmers are no solution either bc there will be so many of them to substitute the big onces that there will be no way to check on them, you need a lot inspectors. I really know nothing about it but find it interesting, at least she introduces “food for thought”. She usually does.

  21. 21
    memei Says:

    Its fine to have your beliefs. But just don’t try to force it on other people i.e. that horrible organisation PETA. Don’t know how they away with some of the things they do. They do more harm than good.

  22. 22
    Shakira Says:

    I love her. She is gorgeous and seems so smart. I like the fact that she’s vegetarian. I respect vegetarians. My cousin is. But I am not HAaaa but I think it’s great! No to animal abuse…..Btw I agree with #4! It’s sad that everything from meds to make up is tested first on animals. How shameful.

  23. 23
    Leila Says:

    Hmmmmm…. better go check on that chicken in the oven

  24. 24
    @22 Says:

    I don’t know what you are talking about, I have never been contacted by PETA or have ever been told by them what to do. There is nothing wrong with PETA informing the population if something wrong in society takes place especially torture of animals.

  25. 25
    Viper Says:

    IF Harrison Ford signed it along with seveal other big name celebraties now question is are these Natalie haters going to nail these other actors for the same issue. Why beat a dead horse over why she signed a damn petition leave her alone as you do HF and the other celebs.

    If she doesn’t want to eat meat where is that offensive to people that is on her. At least she is not a hypocrite about it she doesn’t profess to be something she isn’t. If you read what she said she read from this book which I saw the interview about it when she did Mr. Mangoruim promo’s one of the Today shows husband gave her the book, which she said opened her eyes to many of the issues with dairy and animals. Mid eastern cultures are vegans or vegetarians are people chasing them down b/c of their beliefs.

  26. 26
    Celia Says:

    Animals definitely have personalities and anyone who thinks differently is just plain ignorant. I’m working on becoming a vegetarian. I love animals and we don’t have the right to torture and kill them. America is already too fat and meat is one of the main reasons.

  27. 27
    @27 Says:

    No Celia overeating is the main problem for America. Oversized/double portions, all you can eat buffetts and not saying “no” to too much food is America’s problem.

    This country was not overweight like it is today before the 70′s when fast food was almost non-existent. You did not have one on every corner like you do now. Mom’s cooked back then and McDonald’s were not your child’s 3 course meal everyday, a home cooked meal was. Everything was proper portions back then. Meat is not what made people fat it is gluttony and mom’s that don’t know how to cook or those who are just too lazy to cook.

  28. 28
    black Says:

    Ermmm…………….well……………….I enjoy eating animals (MC´Donalds anyone?) and I´m sure a fair share of them would enjoy eating me as well.
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    Why are those vegetarians always making such a fuss?
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    Say whatever you want, but meat is the better way.
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    Sheep, chicken, cows…………I´ll have them all somehow!

  29. 29
    lexy Says:

    If Natalie doesn’t want to eat meat – that’s fine. If she supports Polanski that’s fine too. She’s an American, she has the same rights that we do. Just like people can make racial or homophobic remarks – she too can say what she wants and support who she wants. IF YOU DON’T SUPPORT POLANSKI WRITE YOUR LOCAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS AND COMPLAIN TO THEM! At the end of the day it’s THEM who will handle the Polanski case – NOT Natalie Portman.

    I find it refreshing to see a young, talented woman with an actual brain in her head who’s not afraid to speak out on what she believes in and knows about something other than shopping and clothes. That’s what I like about Katherine Hiegel – she’s talented and sassy – like Natalie!

    Again, this is America, Natalie pays taxes here so she’s entitled to her opinion. I think the PETA folks are idiots but clearly Nat supports them but that’s fine!

  30. 30
    Anna Says:

    Since when is she a vegan? Just a couple of weeks ago, she told Jake Gyllenhaal in that interview they made, her favorite icecream cake- non vegan. I’d definitely support her opinion, as I have the same, but she should finally come clean and state if she’s a vegan or a vegetarian, now she sounds biased. And yes, vegan vs. vegetarian is a HUGE difference.

  31. 31
    @31 Says:

    Whatever Natalie does or says it is certainly more than shopping, eating and doing nothing else. I have a world of respect for her, she is a true role model.

  32. 32
    VFDGV Says:

    @Leila:

    OH DARLING YOU AGAIN FORGOT WE PUT YOUR MOM N LITTLE BABY TODAY TO ROAST N BAKE…UMMM YOU WILL LOVE YOUR MOTHERS BAKED BOOBS N BABY’S TINY RIBS UMMM

  33. 33
    Ashley Says:

    She is such a smart and talented woman. So strong!

  34. 34
    #28 Says:

    So the woman wants to be a vegan at least she stands behind what she believes in. If others what to eat meat and FYI yes meat has hormons and steroids in it that is found to cause weight gain and unhealthy eating, reason fast food places are under attack. Yes ppl can refuse to eat the endless buffet but all things on there are full of sodium. Meat is the main thing that has endless salt content even organics if your not carefull is also full of salt which is attributed to weigh gain.

    Many well known people are starting to see this and are eating better some will turn vegetarian others might go organic. I’m sure she does cook for her non vegan friends such as Jake who possibly isn’t Vegan and will eat meat and dairy. It’s one thing to jump all over her for what she believes in but, those who are bitching about what she signed are you boycotting Harrison Ford or the other names who are on that list. Bet you won’t.

    We don’t see Natalie spending her day shopping at the local malls 6 out of 7 days a week, We don’t see her endlessly at the markets, parading her family or BFF’s around to get more attention. She has proven she doesn’t need to do that. There are no retainers hired to get her media attention. She is limited in the press she works on charities along with producing, directing and screen writing.

  35. 35
    Gasol16 Says:

    This Polanski thing happened so long ago and the sex was mutual between both parties. It was not a rape. Leave the old man alone already.

    Besides, half of HW signed the petition anyway for Polanski. So.Are you going to scrutinize all of HW now? It is the jealous a$$holes out their that hate Natalie.

    Good for Natalie on her vegetarian beliefs. She must be doing something right in her diet. She is so slim and does not have those awful saddlebags Bilpoo has! SO HA HA back you a$$es!

  36. 36
    Fed Says:

    Vegans rule the world.

  37. 37
    ck Says:

    “..leave Polanski out of it until there is more information on him”

    Perhaps the single funniest thing ever written on the internet.

  38. 38
    reba Says:

    Her self-righteousness is a HUGE turn-off. She gives Sean Penn a run for his money, for sure.

  39. 39
    @38 and 39 Says:

    Hey, stupid A$$hole, do you have access to court records and confidential client attorney privileged records. So shut the f up. Go attack Harrison Ford and others.

    Sean and Natalie are both academy award worthy, talented actors, directors, judges. Go to the Bilson and Lohan thread, this is too much for you.

  40. 40
    lexy Says:

    Reba were you down in New Orleans literally dragging people to safety like Sean Penn?? If not put a sock in it. He can be as righteous as he wants. I think it’s awesome that not only does he put his money where his mouth is but he literally went into a disaster area while others were trying to leave and assisted trained professionals in helping save lives. I don’t recall any other celebs doing that!

    There’s nothing wrong with having an opinion about something other than designer clothes. Again, it’s certainly refreshing to see a celeb her age speaking out about some important issues instead of how she can’t decide what PJ’s to wear at night or pretending to be f ashion expert. Again, I may not agree with Natalie but it’s nice that in addition to her career she’s actually aware of current events in our world.

    It’s great that the haters have NOTHING on Natalie so they harp on this Polansky thing or claim she’s had tons of plastic surgery. When Natalie runs for political office then I might concern myself with her feelings on criminals and rapists but until then she’s entitled to her opinion.

  41. 41
    rosie Says:

    Woah so one minute you’re talking about animals having personalities, then you’re talking about torture? Thought you went to Harvard? That’s not a logical progression. Few people would disagree that animals have personalities or, I might add, feelings. But not all meatwork places TORTURE these animals. That’s such an extreme. Oh I 100% agree that some practices are so bad that they could qualify for torture. I admire vegetarians in that respect, because they’re able to stand up for their beliefs and cut out all meat. But just because you eat meat doesn’t mean that all of it comes from some cow that got tortured from birth until death. Bloody high-and-mighty b*tch.

  42. 42
    wtf Says:

    “reminded me that some things are just wrong.”

    Yes. Drugging and raping children is also wrong you stupid twit.

  43. 43
    @ 43 Says:

    It was called consensual both of them agreed to the affair DAMN ppl it was far from rape the only reason the man got nailed for this was b/c the girl who conscented to this was under 18 yrs old. Did RP murder anyone NO, if you want to believe it was rape then go for it a good majority of famous ppl signed that petition. LET IT ALL GO for god sakes. It’s a done deal attack the rest of the petitioners who signed it as well, ,including directors, producers I don’t feel the box office will suffer b/c certain celebrities signed a petition. You know how many under age girls are having sex with over 18 to over 30 year old men and they conscent to it. Most of the HS girls are already lost their virginity and good chance it was to someone over 18.

  44. 44
    Oceane Says:

    I’ve been a vegan for years and I can’t stand these ‘born again’ vegans who think it’s their right to preach to the world. peTa are hypocrites and I don’t support anything they compaigin Choosing to be vegan should be a personal descision and not to boost a failing movie career..

  45. 45
    J Says:

    I don’t know why people go all “oh if you’re a vegetarian/vegan/animal activist, why do you do this and that and that and that?” it’s not about cutting out everything in your life. People do what feels right for them to do and everybody has limits. Obviously one has to draw a line somewhere even when it comes to being an animal activist. She’s not going to live in the middle of the jungle with a treehouse and everything. But she’s doing what she can do, and maybe all she’s asking for others is to do the same, doing as much as one can do.

    Just because you disagree doesn’t mean that you have to get all personal and insecure about somebody. It only shows that bringing someone down doesn’t make you feel any better.

  46. 46
    christine Says:

    I stopped eating meat and went down to 96lbs and wasnt active cause of my preparation for an upcoming advanced exam for my job. But I also got extremely better at absorbing my studies and aced the exam w/ only 1 question wrong (which I knew I probably would).
    I have friends who are vegan/vegetarian and they seem to b exceptionally smart, attractive & thin. The guys are tall too.

  47. 47
    Sunglasses Says:

    Replica Sunglasses

  48. 48
    haters Says:

    I don’t agree with her either, but calling names only shows you can’t make your point, especially when she made hers so eloquently.

  49. 49
    Domino Says:

    I adore her. She’s perfect.

  50. 50
    You are an imbecile Says:

    @@ 43:

    Your comments are ridiculous. Maybe you should just bend over and assume the position alongside Portman and the Pig Polanski can give it to both of you.

  51. 51
    Opinion Says:

    Wow! Now there are even bigger problems that come to light as result of all this…. What on earth are we going to do about all those other animals that eat animals? Our jails are going to be so over populated… can humans and beasts actually co-exist in jail???? How do we open those lines of communication with the animal kingdom? Is a lion really going to listen to us about how he kills (tortures?) a zebra for food? Does anyone even know how to speak ‘lion’?

    I’m pretty sure I’ve seen pics of Natalie at the beach. How dare she invade the habitat of so many animals! And those shark nets… Don’t even get me started on the problems our fellow sea creatures face!

    I hope you all get my point… :)

  52. 52
    twistedculture Says:

    Is it morally justifiable to kill anything?

  53. 53
    lilli Says:

    She is beautiful and intelligent and talented. Stop hating ppl just because YOU are ugly inside and out, you’re just jealous. I am on her side, cause I love animals too

  54. 54
    Chris Says:

    I love her! Lovely, thoughtful, and kind!

  55. 55
    Nay Says:

    I love meat. She needs to stfu.

  56. 56
    marie Says:

    @@22:

    are you stupid?

  57. 57
    Memei Says:

    @marie:

    No are you. Peta do go too far and thats my opinion. I don’t appreciate being called something because you don’t agree

  58. 58
    veingelina Jolie Says:

    That’s fine, if this is what she believes, I’ll respect that. However I hope she will repect my beliefs in return. After the flood God tells Noah, “I give you every animal that has the breath of life as food, as well as the herbs.”

  59. 59
    bobo Says:

    What about the human beings – including old people, women and children – in Gaza who have been walled in and now had their water supply blocked by her homeland, Israel in contravenance to international human rights laws? Nothing to say about that, Gnat?

  60. 60
    @59 and 60 Says:

    What about innocence killed in Israel by Palestinians, and all the Israeli’s do is deny them water? God said eye for an eye, and thy shall not kill.

  61. 61
    @59 and 60 Says:

    Natalie Portman is undeniably the most influential and beautiful young actress comparing to most losers, however, she does not run the world. How is it that she alone is responsible for every statement PITA makes and every petition signed by powerful HW directors and what America or Israel do to Arabs. Can some one answer that, please?

  62. 62
    @59 and 60 Says:

    Natalie Portman did not apply for an award, PITA selected her, how is it her fault.

  63. 63
    @59 and 60 Says:

    Natalie Portman is an American citizen residing full time in the United States. Why is she responsible for problems in other countries.

  64. 64
    bobo Says:

    An ‘eye for an eye’, 61? Well then the Palestinian’s will be entitled to shut off all water supply to Israel under ‘fair rules of war’? You are an idiot. P.S. an eye for an eye will make the whole world blind.

  65. 65
    @bobo 65 Says:

    Palestinians would have done it if they could. You think for a moment that they would not destroy the entire country of Israel if they could. And as to god, @59 you brought it up first, I merely showed her how ridiculous it is. Israel does not follow the eye for an eye rule.

  66. 66
    @bobo 65 Says:

    Anyway, how is NP responsible for what Israel does, she works helping women through FINCA. I never heard of her being on some sort of committee to support Israel.

  67. 67
    @bobo 65 Says:

    You really have to admire Natalie Portman, she is only 28 years old and some how we are not talking about her shopping habits but rather world problems.

  68. 68
    bobo Says:

    I’d rather not discuss her shopping habits, 68. Her sense of style is abysmal!

  69. 69
    @bobo 69 Says:

    What is wrong with her style? She is casual and comfortable and she always makes excellent choices for public appearances. I love her style. She was on the cover of InStyle magazine as a fashion icon.

  70. 70
    bobo Says:

    66- “Israel does not follow the eye for an eye rule.”
    ………………….
    No, Israel follows the ‘eight eyes for an eye’ rule. (Look up the figures of Israeli casualties versus Palestinian).

  71. 71
    @bobo 71 Says:

    I don’t know where to look them up, why don’t you give them to me, bc what you are saying does not make any sense, Israel has an army with tanks and planes, they could have leveled Palestinians by now, instead they give them 3billion a year in financial aid. I bet you did not know that.

  72. 72
    @bobo 71 Says:

    I would also like to know what it has to do with Natalie Portman? Is she a policy maker or is she in the government of some sort. What the hell are you talking about and why?

  73. 73
    bobo Says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Israeli%E2%80%93Palestinian_conflict#Casualties

  74. 74
    @bobo 74 Says:

    In World War II more Germans were killed than British and Americans combined, but there is no doubt in anyone’s mind that the war was caused by Germany’s aggression. And in response to the German blitz on London, the British wiped out the entire city of Dresden, burning to death more German civilians than the number of people killed in Hiroshima.

    This is how wars work, kill or be killed.

  75. 75
    bobo Says:

    That dress is not a good choice for her. It looks like her nipple is about to make a break for it through the gap.
    http://cdn.buzznet.com/media-cdn/jj1/headlines/2009/05/natalie-portman-white-house-correspondents-dinner.jpg

  76. 76
    @bobo 74 Says:

    I still do not understand why is Natalie Portman responsible for this.

  77. 77
    @bobo 76 Says:

    I love that dress and she looks great in it, she stands out as always, as at the Oscars and Love and other impossible pursuits premiere.

  78. 78
    bobo Says:

    I blame her stylist.

  79. 79
    @bobo 76 Says:

    well, the nipple did not make a break so there is nothing to criticize.

  80. 80
    sam Says:

    I don’t even like Natalie, but I completely agree with her on this.

  81. 81
    bobo Says:

    Me too, 81.

  82. 82
    @bobo 79 Says:

    Ultimately, it is the actor who makes the final decision as to what to wear and Natalie always makes great choices. She has implacable taste. Her dress at the Oscars was one of the best if not the best. She looks wonderful every time I see her pictures and she definitely stands out, she is never lost in the crowed of other actors. That takes taste.

  83. 83
    @bobo 82 Says:

    I am glad you agree with NP.

  84. 84
    British Latin American Says:

    @christine: God, you’re a dumb s**t.

  85. 85
    natural observer Says:

    It is a known fact that vegetarians are healthier than meat eaters, it is just a matter of discipline that most of us do not have. I respect Natalie for being able to stick to it for so long. Who knows, may be when she wants to start a family she will drop it.

  86. 86
    bob Says:

    Um okay. People are starving to death in our country, dying in an unjust war, and struggling with HMOS and her biggest concern of the day is whether or not to eat a hamburger? Gawd, I wish I were a celebrity.

  87. 87
    @bob Says:

    Eating a hamburger is not her biggest concern, she has many concerns as FINCA and animal rights and politics/elections and many many other issues. Being a vegetarian/vegan is just her stand against cruelty to animals. She is a very intelligent and deep thinker and she inspires thought and ideals.

  88. 88
    No longer a fan. Says:

    @ #44

    Drugging someone and forcing ones self on them while saying repeatedly “No, stop.” is not consensual (go read the court transcripts).

    It don’t matter what age, sex, sexual history, race, color, or religion. No means NO!

    -No longer a fan.

  89. 89
    @89 Says:

    You will see her movies just as much as you will see Harrison Ford’s movies and Scorsese and others. You will be a fan as soon as all the facts are know and the reasons why many celebs signed the petition.

  90. 90
    vinnyblue Says:

    Natalie did a review from a book she read and she made a really interesting subject of discussion that makes me think more about the animal, the food, veganism, etc whether I agree or disagree with her.
    I salute her.

  91. 91
    So Judgemental Says:

    Wow.. all this vitriol over her signing the petition.

    Polanski’s victim has also been trying for years to get the charges dropped against him. Are you as hateful towards her as well?

    Polanski’s victim says she believes he has been punished enough. That she doesn’t believe he is a threat to society and that in actuality people like you and the media demanding his return are victimizing her and now her family all over again.

    On top of that California is bankrupt. Schwarzenegger is considering letting 30,000 inmates out of prison and back on the streets to save money… will even more criminals who are dangerous to society NOW be released to cover the cost of returning an old man to the United States 30+ years after the crime to argue that he plead guilty specifically for a plea deal that was time served in a mental ward but the judge was backing out of due to outside pressure even though the psych evaluation stated he WAS NOT a pedophile or a threat to society, even though no one else has come forward, even though he has been a law abiding citizen since and is married with children of his own, and even though the prosecutor at the time admitted to lying in regards to the case, with a unwilling victim who at the time the prosecution didn’t even want to have testify because of her admitted previous multiple sex acts and experimentation with drugs and alcohol before the incident with Polanski and no physical evidence (no bruising or tearing from her rape examination) , no trace evidence on her underwear or clothes and a cooperating witness obtained only in exchange for getting her cocaine possession charges dropped (Angelica Houston).

    This case was a mess. And now.. how many more dangerous criminals who recently raped, assaulted, car jacked, burglarized a holes are going to be put back on the streets to re offend so that we can cover the cost of expedition and sentencing, possibly re-trying and then incarcerating Polanski?

    Just keep the ***** banned from the states. And keep the real threats to our safety behind bars until their sentence is over.

  92. 92
    So Judgemental Says:

    Seriously.. what Polanski did was 100% wrong. No matter if she did say no one thousand times or even if (which I do not believe) she seduced him and even though she was not a virgin and had experimented wih Quaaludes and alcohol several times before (great mother by the way.. way to watch your 13 year old daughter lady!!).. the girl was 13. Against the law no matter what happened.. no matter which explanation or excuse or theory you use.

    The defense wanted the victim to list the other men she had sex with and who gave her drugs and alcohol and wanted them prosecuted as well. It was literally her word against his.. they wanted a mental evaluation done on her as well.

    This would have been a horrible trial so they let him plead to the lowest possible act.. just unlawful sexual intercourse with a minor. Ambiguously meaning she could have given consent but still illegal due to age. They were going to give him time served.. but then the public went nuts and the judge folded and purposely told the defense and prosecution what he was going to do and coached them what to say in court and Polanski got scared and ran.. you would probably have run to if your parents had died in concentration camps and you had hid in various homes to survive.. he no longer trusted the system.

    Of course I think he should voluntarily return and serve a reduced sentence.. for the original charges no time due to the original plea deal and give him one year for running. And then kick him out of the country again forever.

    Take into consideration the victims wishes, how incredibly corrupted the trial was, and the fact that California cannot even afford to bring him back and process and incarcerate him.. not without releasing more inmates to do so.

    What is more important to you.. Polanksi serving time? Or 200 to 500 recent offenders serving time? California may not be able to afford both.

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    No longer a fan. Says:

    This person said everything I wanted to say.
    Please, listen to the whole.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zqSkZKKPfk8

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    @94 Says:

    The idiot in the video is only doing it for personal publicity. There are truly serious crimes being committed daily and he chose which one – Roman Polanski. Disgusting.

    The system did not work, the prosecution made mistakes, the judge made mistakes, the victim wants no part of it, in any other case it would have been a mistrial or the case would have been dropped, but due to the famous name of RP now every one is on the band wagon.

    I don’t hear this loser talking about OJ Simpson.

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    @94 Says:

    OJ Simpson killed 2 people and waked away unpunished. Where is the outrage. RP had sex with a little ***** and did not know her age. He has been out of the country for 30 years, enough is enough. Sometimes the system fails, but this crime is not as serious as others it is just more public.

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    No longer a fan. Says:

    @94 Before taking pictures you need a standard consent form.
    Leagally you have to show age and/ proof of age (birth cirtificate, or drivers licence, ect..).

    (transcript):

    MR. GUNSON: On March 10, 1977, the day you had sexual intercourse with the complaining witness, how old did you believe her to be?

    (Pause in the proceedings while a discussion off the record ensued at the counsel table between the defendant and his counsel.)

    THE DEFENDANT: She was 13.

    MR. GUNSON: Did you understand that she was 13 on March 10, 1977, when you had sexual intercourse with her?

    (Pause in the proceedings while a discussion off the record ensued at the counsel table between the defendant and his counsel.)

    THE DEFENDANT: Yes.

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    @97 Says:

    Obviously, based on the text of the proceedings you posted there was advise of the counsel, this advise of the counsel was based on the deal made with the prosecution and the judge. Had there been no deal, there would have been no such statement form the defendant. After the authorities broke the deal, the defendant had no choice but to run, he had no one left to trust, basically, he was framed. You would run too.
    To this day we don’t know if her knew her age at the time of intercourse. He agreed to the deal, this does not mean he knew she was 13.

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    @97 Says:

    as to the consent form, so he did not fill one out, big deal, may be his secretary did and he did not see it

    he is a director and a good judge of character, he could see that this girl had a promiscuous history and saw this was nothing knew to her

    if this girl was goody too shoes, he would not do anything

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    @97 Says:

    why don’t you focus your outrage on horrible cases dismissed on technicalities and criminals go free and our cities are full or recidivists

    Polanski lead a good life after this unfortunate incident for 30 years.

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    lakers fan in boston Says:

    o plz stfu
    i hate u animal activists who say i shouldnt eat meat or drink milk
    i do however agree that animals shouldnt be tortured when being killed for food, it’s cruel but i really hate it when activists go 2 the extreme and say no milk or meat

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    Mariana Says:

    Oh Yeah, that’s my girl!
    Great person, great actress.
    Go ahead, Nat.

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    Yourmother Says:

    Anybody who eats meat they have somebody else kill for them is a psychopathic douchebag utterly and completely out of touch with reality.

    http://www.earthlings.com/

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    British Latin America Says:

    Hon, it might help if you are articulate and grammatically correct if you want someont to take you seriously.

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    braundo Says:

    I respect people who feel empowered to speak up for those who have no voice. Natalie will be insulted by many, but we few, we empowered few can make a difference. Be Veg – Whooooooo!

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    Animallover22 Says:

    @Say it like it is:
    Maybe some people should learn to spell before they shoot their mouths off and say things about people that are trying to help in this world.
    There is nothing sadder than abusing animals unless it is a person who can’t spell.

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    Nina Says:

    @Say it like it is:

    Jeez, “Say it like it is”, you obviously don’t have any knowledge about the meat/dairy/egg industy, as well of animal testing if you think that that isn’t categorized as animal abuse. It is abuse of the worst kind, since many people find it acceptable, and the laws makes it legal.
    It seems that you only consider the abuse of dogs and other pets as “animal abuse”, which makes it sound like you don’t even consider the animals in the food industry and laboratories as animals, which is rather amusing. (Oh, and by the way, they use dogs and cats for animal testing too).

    So you know, vegans believe for some examples that (as it’s also been proved):
    - We don’t need meat or other animal products too live long and healthy lives
    - We don’t need to use animal skin of any sort to keep us warm and make beautiful clothes etc.
    - We need to put more money into alternatives for animal testing in medical research, they’re already working on replacing a lot of methods (also cause animal testing is not safe for humans)

    The horror, pain and stress the animals in these circumstances face every day is more than you can imagine. Why don’t you take a look at PETA’s homepage? You’re in for a surprise.. Next time you “say it like it is”, you might want to find some information before you share your opinions.

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    serial Says:

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    computer man Says:

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