I’m surprised no one’s posted anything yet about the Pitcairn Island saga. What a story!!!
I read Mutiny on the Bounty as a kid and was enthralled by it. I’ve seen all 3 movie versions and loved them all, especially the Mel Gibson version due to the beautiful naked brown skinned girls paddling out to the ship, and I used to fantasize about living on a southsea island surrounded by such beauties, like Paul Gauguin, or like the survivors of the Bounty. I was captivated when I learned that the mutineers made it to Pitcairn Island, with the native girls they brought along, and survived and multiplied and died off and multiplied some more so that today, over 100 years later, 47 people live on that barren little island in the middle of nowhere and most of them are descendants of the mutineers (a few others arrived later).
Then recently there’s been the big sex trial. Apparently all of the able-bodied men on the island, including the mayor, are being tried for rapes dating back 40 years and if they are convicted that’s the end of their community, because the men are needed to perform certain basic chores on the island, such as rowing out to giant ships (their lifeline to the world) to pick up goods.
Of course if they’re rapists they should probably be convicted and sentenced as rapists. But first of all, why the hell should UK law apply? Pitcairn isn’t British territory is it? Second, they’ve got this defense that they’re living by polynesian standards of 100 years ago that still apply on Pitcairn. Sounds a little wacky maybe, but on the other hand, Pitcairn is truly an extremely unique situation and maybe they shouldn’t be judged by the same standards of the rest of us whom time hasn’t forgotten.
Check it out on google. Read some of the news stories. Here’s a good Pitcairn website to start out with: lareau.org/pitc.html
It’s quite a strange story.