Gore Vidal, according to Wikipedia, was “an American writer (of novels, essays, screenplays, and stage plays) and a public intellectual known for his patrician manner, epigrammatic wit, and polished style of writing.” A little further down, his “polished, erudite style” is noted.
Hmm…what could they mean? Perhaps they were referring to that time (in 2009) when The Atlantic asked the patrician writer for his intellectual take on director Roman Polanski being arrested in Switzerland for leaving the U.S. in 1978 before being sentenced to prison for raping a 13-year-old girl at Jack Nicholson’s house in Hollywood.
The polished and witty Vidal replied: “I really don’t give a fuck. Look, am I going to sit and weep every time a young hooker feels as though she’s been taken advantage of?”
Vidal, yet another counterculture Left icon, went on to mock the “idea that this girl was in her communion dress, a little angel all in white, being raped by this awful Jew.”
(Note: The long list of Hollywood pedo/rape apologists who lined up in to sign a petition, asking for the release of Roman Polanski included: Woody Allen, Pedro Almodovar, Wes Anderson, Darren Aronofsky, Stephen Frears, Buck Henry, Wong Kar Waï, Harmony Korine, John Landis, David Lynch, Michael Mann, Julian Schnabel, Barbet Schroeder, Martin Scorcese, and Wim Wenders.)
Whether or not the self-described “pansexual” limited his depravity to being a loud apologist for sexual abuse and child rape is uncertain but some of Vidal’s family members have gone public on the topic.
If you scroll down far enough his Wiki page, you’ll find a section called “postmortem hearsay” in which we learn that Vidal’s nephew, Burr Steers, told the New York Times: “I know (William) Buckley had a file on him that Gore feared. It would make sense if that material was about him having underage sex. Gore spent a lot of time in Bangkok, after all. Gore also had a very weird take on the abuse perpetrated by Catholic priests. He would say that the young guys involved were hustlers who were sending signals.”
Perhaps some enterprising soul will move this information up towards the top of his Wiki page and add in Vidal’s epigrammatic comments related to the crimes of his comrade, Roman Polanski. You never know…
In the meantime, to discuss Vidal as a polished and erudite commentator on corruption and decadence without mentioning his status as (at least) an apologist for sexual predators is to support and sustain the rampant, ever increasing pedophile culture.
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