The reviews are in: Motown and Hollywood are head over heels for two men with unabashed penchants for young girls.

R. Kelly, an R&B singer out on bail for 21 counts of statutory rape and child pornography, topped the music charts this month with his new sex-drenched album, Chocolate Factory. Motown Records President Kedar Massenburg recently gloated to the Associated Press: “He’s probably more popular now than during ‘I Believe I Can Fly’ ” (a reference to Kelly’s breakout 1996 single).

Roman Polanski, the fugitive bail-jumper and convicted felon who pled guilty to forcing a 13-year-old girl to have sex with her in Jack Nicholson’s hot tub nearly three decades ago, recently garnered seven Oscar nominations for his latest film, The Pianist. The victim herself now says she has no “hard feelings” and is joining the chorus of Polanski supporters urging Academy Award judges to “judge the movie, not the man.”

Sorry, no can do. These famous Lotharios are unrepentant and living large, and the message to young girls is loud and clear: Pedophilic celebrities are above the law.

Kelly, who appeared in a widely circulated videotape in which he allegedly engaged in sexual acts with a 13-year-old girl, is famous for his pop gospel tunes and raunchy anthems (“Sex Me,” “Your Body’s Calling,” “Bump ‘N’ Grind,” and “You Remind Me of Something”- e.g., “You remind me of my Jeep, I wanna ride it.”)

Kelly was briefly married to the late singer/actress Aaliyah, when she was 15 years old. (He titled her debut album, “Age Ain’t Nothing but a Number.”) Last month, he was arrested in Florida on an addition 12 counts of child pornography. But the critical raves and commercial success keeps coming.

Reviewers have deemed Kelly’s new album “creepy” but “well-crafted.” A New York Times writer described it last weekend as “elegant and strange,” and “full of graceful slow jams and bubbly club tracks.”

Bubbly? Kelly’s work reeks of in-your-face pedophilia chic. His new single, “Ignition,” implores: “Girl, please let me stick my key in your ignition.” On another track, Kelly dubs himself the “pied piper of R&B.” “Anything you want, you just come to daddy,” Kelly hisses.

If Kelly is the pied piper of R&B, Polanski is the pied piper of cinema. He admitted openly in an interview last month with the Evening Standard of London: “Even at school I had penchant for younger women. My friends thought I was silly

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Michelle Malkin

Malkin is a graduate of Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio. She lives with her husband in North Bethesda, MD.

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