The Academy Has Expelled Bill Cosby And Roman Polanski, Which Seems Like A Good Choice

Better late than never.

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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the organisation that does the Oscars) has voted to expel convicted predators Bill Cosby and Roman Polanski. And look, better late than never, I guess.

The organisation made the announcement on Friday morning, citing “ethical standards that require members to uphold the Academy’s values of respect for human dignity”.

Presumably this standard didn’t exist in 2003, when the Academy handed Polanski the Best Director Oscar despite him having pled guilty to unlawful sex with a minor in 1978. Polanski currently lives in France, having fled the US to avoid a potential prison sentence.

Cosby was convicted of sexual assault last week, and could well spend the rest of his life in prison.

The Academy previously voted to expel influential producer Harvey Weinstein after dozens of women came forward and accused him of sexual harassment and assault.

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