Here’s a riddle in the form of a recent web headline from the Norwegian newspaper Verdens Gang. (This doesn’t work if you understand Norwegian, but I assume the vast majority of our readers do not.)
If anyone doesn’t recognize the gentlemen in the picture, they are Harrison Ford and Roman Polanski, the former congratulating the latter on his 2003 Academy Award. Now here’s the riddle. The article is about how Polanski and people like him are guilty of something terrible—guilty, indeed, of perhaps the worst thing anyone can do. What are Roman Polanski and his ilk guilty of?
(Admittedly, I may have given it away in the title.)
Answer: Supporting patriarchal and racist power structures, of course:
Why, what did you think it was?