You'd almost think Roman Polanski wouldn't want to give people new material. The now 79-year-old director of Chinatown, Rosemary's Baby, The Pianist, and the new film Venus in Fur was famously convicted of having sex with a minor back in 1977, and he fled the country to avoid sentencing.
Roman was at the Cannes Film Festival on Saturday, premiering his new movie, and he talked to reporters about gender roles. He was asked how his views of women has changed over time, and he talked about how the birth control pill has blurred the line between the genders and basically killed romance. "I think that now offering flowers to a lady becomes indecent, that's how I feel about it,” he said (via AFP). “I think to level the genders — it's purely idiotic. I think it's a result... of progress in medicine. I think that the pill has changed greatly the woman of our times, 'masculinizing' her … I think that it chases away the romance from our lives and that's a great pity."
Not sure there are too many ladies who would agree with him about anything! flowers being indecent, although we’re all probably on the same page when it comes to the decency of sleeping with underage girls. Yeah, his felony was a long time ago, but if he's going to open his mouth about gender roles and behavior that's "indecent" and "idiotic," he's going to get more than a few eyebrow raises in return.