Backlash after ex-Pixar head scores new job despite #MeToo allegations

(www.theguardian.com)

The news has led to anger from some within the industry, including Time’s Up, the organisation founded to stand up against sexual harassment after the rise of the #MeToo movement.

In a statement, Time’s Up claims the decision “endorses and perpetuates a broken system that allows powerful men to act without consequence” while sharing concerns over what impact it will have.

“At a moment when we should be uplifting the many talented voices who are consistently underrepresented, Skydance Media is providing another position of power, prominence and privilege to a man who has repeatedly been accused of sexual harassment in the workplace,” it reads.

Melissa Silverstein, who founded Women in Hollywood, also shared her frustration. “This is a horrible message to the women at Pixar who stood up and told their truths about their experiences,” she said. “This is also a message to all that the bro culture is alive and well and thriving in Hollywood.”

The man resigned in November 2017. That was 15 months ago. He has been accused, but not formally charged. He has admitted his past abuses of power and apologized. What is it that the #MeToo movement actually wants here? Should everyone accused immediately commit suicide? Should everyone accused give up their life, divvying up their liquidabke assets with everyone who has accused them, then live on the streets until disease or the cold kills them?

While it’s important that people be punished for the misdeeds they have done, it’s also important that punishments be proportionate to the actions performed.

Here’s a serious question: What is the price for saying that someone has “nice breasts” or intentionally fondling a person or forcing a kiss?

If the answer is “everything”, then every person, regardless of what is between their legs, had better be very, very, very careful about what they say, do, or think. A single recorded incident from any time in a person’s life will be enough to destroy everything they have worked for. Such recorded evidence, even if it’s manufactured, then becomes a powerful tool for blackmail.

At the end of the day, I agree 100% that people who have abused their power/trust/positions for their own purposes — be it sexual or otherwise — need to be held accountable. This is why we have laws, courts, and judges. Expecting a person to just disappear forever and do literally nothing for the rest of their life is neither realistic nor just.