When this story broke about John Lasseter and how he is stepping down for now, I was a little surprised. I believe he should be held accountable if these accusations are true (they probably are), but it made me wonder if he ever could repair his reputation and esteem in the animation world. Robert's thought provoking piece on the front page made some great points, but I also believe that we need to allow our public figures to also be human. They are going to make mistakes (some of them horrific), but I do not believe they need to go away forwever.
With all of this, it made me think of Walt Disney. Ironically, Walt Disney appears to have been so adverse to sex that he sounds like the direct opposite of Harvey Weinstein.
However, would he be able to survive in this world? He was accused of being racist, anti union, antisemitic, republican (MAGA?), and a bunch of other accusations. Would he need to disappear? How much would we have lost if he were to sell off his share of the company? How much would be have gained without his leadership?
It was something interesting to think about. Many at the top, both politically and culturally, made some actions that are cringeworthy.
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