MacKenzie Phillips recently disclosed that thirty years ago her father, John Philips, drugged and raped her. She also shared that she made the best of the situation and interpreted the abuse as an expression of love. The sex started when she was legal (nineteen) and blacked out. John Phillips had injected her with cocaine the first time at eleven.
Public reaction, at least my friends' reactions, is a resounding "Shut up! I don't want to wake up and hear this with my cereal!" (Friend #4).
Another story in the public view is that of Roman Polanski and the thirteen year old HE drugged and raped. Again, sex with someone drugged, again, it happened long ago, again, the minor grew up and forgave the man she accused. Comparisons must be made, and they must be made as sarcastically as possible, because I'm still sick and I've been seeing CNN coverage of this crap all day.
It looks to me like John Phillips is getting a really lousy deal. Why isn't he getting the Roman Polanski treatment? I mean, it isn't like he's that guy who kidnapped the girl and kept her in the storage shed for eighteen years. He's an artist!
This is what we should be hearing on CNN:
Wolf Blitzer: Musicians around the world band together to sign a petition to exonerate John Phillips. Phillips has been accused of drugging and raping his daughter.
Lady Gaga (clip): John Phillips is a genius! Think of all the contributions He's made to the world of music. California Dreamin'! Monday Monday! Besides, let's remember the girl was eighteen. It was consensual. I mean, she took the drugs he gave her willingly.
R Kelley (clip): His work influenced musicians for generations. Besides, it happened thirty years ago, come on people, lighten up. The girl has even forgiven him. It's time to let the past stay in the past.
Wolf Blitzer: Prosecutors have consistently argued that it would be a miscarriage of justice to allow a man who "drugged and raped a -year-old child" to go free.
Woody Allen (clip): People just don't understand - he's an artist.
Wolf Blitzer: Critics ask, what the hell is Woody Allen thinking making any kind of public comment on having sex with your eighteen year old children?
Whitney Houston (clip): Helllllll, he was on drugs. Drugs, they mess you up! Besides, it happened thirty years ago, and that girl Mackenzie turned out fine.
That is the one difference I can see: the girl in the Polanski case doesn't want attention. According to CNN she says "Every time this case is brought to the attention of the court, great focus is made of me, my family, my mother and others. That attention is not pleasant to experience and is not worth maintaining over some irrelevant legal nicety, the continuation of the case."
On the other hand, the Collected Friends speculated that since Valerie Bertinelli was recently on TV having lost all that weight, Mackenzie was feeling a little sibling rivalry.