The Conversation: Roman Polanski and Abigail Breslin Incite Controversy; A Disturbing Mix of Applause and Outrage Ensues

The Conversation: Roman Polanski and Abigail Breslin Incite Controversy; A Disturbing Mix of Applause and Outrage Ensues

Sep 28, 2011

What do Roman Polanski and Abigail Breslin have in common? Aside from the fact that they've now both worked with Jodie Foster, not much these days. I just thought I'd round up some disapproving commentary in response to the former's documented apology for raping a 13-year-old girl 34 years ago, which can be found in a new film that premiered in Zurich last night. And I just thought I'd sample some responses to the new full trailer for the ensemble rom-com New Year's Eve, which co-stars the young Oscar-nominated actress. What connection these conversations might have with each other, if any, is purely coincidental. Of course. 

Not to completely change the subject, but does anyone know when the next episode of Toddlers & Tiaras is on and whether or not they'll feature another cutely inappropriate costume? I just love when things allow me to vet out who's approving of and who's disapproving of the sexualization of children. By the way, you're welcome for my not including images in this post either of Polanski's  privacy-deserving victim or of the chest-flashing Abigail Breslin. 

Here's the first conversation, about Polanski's apology, stating ""She is a double victim: my victim, and a victim of the press":

Want to know what would end the media storm that gives Ms. Geimer (understandably) so much stress and anxiety? If people would stop making movies in defense of Polanski, if Polanski would go into seclusion and stop participating in those movies, and if film festivals would stop honoring Polanski. Isn’t it amazing how the very same people who attack the media for giving Geimer so much grief are also the ones who constantly feed the media. And by participating in this documentary, isn’t Polanski doing just that? - John Nolte, Big Hollywood

First of all, let’s lose the part about the press. Roman. Roman, please. You know that I understand what you’re saying, I hear you, dude. But it kind of seems like you’re trying to split the guilt here 50/50 between you and “the press,” and I think, you know, it’s your first public apology in 34 years so I think you should keep it simple and leave the media out of it. Me? What would I have you say? Hmm, OK, right, OK, yeah, how about: DEAR SAMANTHA GREIMER, I AM VERY SORRY THAT I DRUGGED AND SODOMIZED YOU WHEN YOU WERE 13 YEARS OLD. And that’s it. Action! - Gabe, Videogum

“She is a double victim,” Polanski said. “My victim and a victim of the press.” Unfortunately, the press will carry that burden with them forever, as it is unlikely they will ever receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the Zurich Film Festival. - Sean O'Neal, The A.V. Club

If his crimes were a bit less deplorable, we MIGHT be interested in seeing this film and getting his side of it, but we're just not sure we can see past what he did enough to give him that chance. A bit too disgusting for us! - Perez Hilton


This trailer isn’t much different from the first one in that it’s basically a montage of all the pretty celebrities and their separate stories set to pop music, though this new look does include inappropriate Abigail Breslin flashing. - Adam Chitwood, Collider

The first is that we see more of Abigail Breslin — literally. The now-teenage actress is all grownup — though I didn't need to see her bra to prove it — and I'm looking forward to seeing the Little Miss Sunshine star venture into adult territory. - Becky Kirsch, BuzzSugar

Oh look, the girl from Little Miss Sunshine is flashing her tits for money now. I’d been looking forward to this day. - Vince Mancini, FilmDrunk

Abigail Breslin flashing her goods to Sarah Jessica Parker - Kevin Jagernauth, The Playlist

There's Abigail Breslin, who is too young to be showing off her bra to both Sarah Jessica Parker and us, the viewing audience! Here's Josh Duhamel, dressed as Daddy Warbucks and searching for his mystery lover (which had better not turn out to be Abigail Breslin)! - Kyle Buchanan, Vulture

Abigail Breslin as a teenage girl who pulls up her shirt in the middle of Grand Central Station and yells "This is not a training bra!" to her mother, because yes, that's what a teenage girl would do, that is so very true to life. - Richard Lawson, Defamer

If your lasting impression of Abigail is as the booty-shaking cutie in "Little Miss Sunshine," you're in for a shock. In one of the trailer's funnier (not to mention, creepier) moments, Abigail tries to convince her mom (played by Sarah Jessica Parker) to let her ring in the new year in Times Square, saying (AS SHE FLASHES HER BRA IN PUBLIC), "I'm 15, Mom. This isn't a training bra!" "And this isn't 'Girls Gone Wild,' either!" Sarah Jessica retorts. We feel old already. - Amy Wilkinson, Hollywood Crush

Even though we only saw a few seconds, it seems like little Abigail Breslin is all grown up and gone wild in the movie. “This isn’t a training bra!” she declares to mom Sarah Jessica Parker, flashing her chest. Wow! - Jennifer Shultz, Neon Tommy

Cute as a button Abigail Breslin flashes her bra in the upcoming film, New Year's Eve [...] what the heck is mid-teen Abigail Breslin doing giving the good sorority girl flash in this film? Well, as far as we can tell, probably providing the only watchable second of this cinematic toilet deuce. - Egotastic


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