December 17, 2012

Qui Est Jean Galt?

The only word I question is "Despite."

Nonetheless [Gérard] Depardieu remains widely popular in France, despite making headlines for occasional drunken and lewd behaviour. The actor asserts he has always been an upstanding citizen, deserving "respect," and who has employed 80 people, always paid his taxes, and "never killed anybody." He said he paid 85 per cent of his income in taxes in 2012, and over 45 years, has paid 145 million Euros -- or £118 million -- in taxes.

Hat-tip: Blog friend EE by email. He enjoyed the phrase "vice president of the moderate conservative Radical Party,"

Let Them Eat Cake Posted by John Kranz at December 17, 2012 11:11 AM

A friend of The Refugee always laughs when someone justifies themselves as a good human being "Because they never killed anyone." As if scoring 10% on the Ten Commandments is a passing grade.

Posted by: Boulder Refugee at December 17, 2012 5:37 PM

Heh. Well, he is (er, was) French. Grade on a curve?

Posted by: jk at December 17, 2012 6:13 PM

It's not asserting that he's a good person just because he didn't kill anyone, but making a distinction between him and government. Depardieu never collaborated to send 75,000 Jews to concentration camps, and he never threatened anyone with kidnapping or death because the other party didn't "pay up" (which is what government does when you don't pay taxes).

Posted by: Perry Eidelbus at December 19, 2012 6:33 PM | What do you think? [3]