British actor Emma Thompson has drawn the ire of Roman Polanski’s supporters by removing her name from a pro-Polanski petition she’d signed following the Polish filmmaker’s September arrest in Switzerland. On Tuesday writer-filmmaker Yann Moix, in a short article on Bernard-Henri Lévy’s Web site, La Règle du jeu, archly accused Thompson of “petition tourism.” –KA


“Madame Emma Thompson is but passing through petitions,” writes novelist and filmmaker Yann Moix on the website of Bernard-Henri Lévy’s journal, La Règle du jeu, this morning. “She does not own, she is a tenant. Worse: she is there visiting, with the badge ‘guest.’ “

He adds, “In life, we must choose between whims and ideas… We at La Règle du Jeu would like to now sign a petition that Madame Emma Thompson never again sign a petition, because it would not be her signature that would be ridiculed, but this time the cause.”

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