Hmmmm. Let’s unpack this very carefully. Dame Judi Dench – who has a long history of working at Weinstein‘s Miramax Films, and worked with Kevin Spacey at the Old Vic theatre in London (where he was Artistic Director) – spoke about both men on the popular British radio program Radio Times.
Both men, she said, deserve to have their career achievements honored.
“What kind of agony is that?” Dench asked. “Are we going to negate 10 years at the Old Vic and everything that he did–how wonderful he’s been in all those films? Are we just not going to see all those films that Harvey produced? You cannot deny somebody a talent. You might as well never look at a Caravaggio painting. You might as well never have gone to see Noel Coward.”
It’s an argument I frequently have: Can you separate the art from the artist? Can you separate Picasso from his anti-Semitism? John Wayne from his White Supremacy? Can you forgive Elvis for falling in love with a 14-year-old Priscilla? Charlie Chaplin for impregnating a 16-year-old, then dating a 15-year-old after that? Mother Theresa for opposing basic measures of women’s equality? Johnny Cash for starting a 1965 forest fire Los Padres National Forest that killed 49 of the parks 53 endangered California condor vultures?
I think the answer is that time allows us to separate these things. And the fact that they’ve been dead for decades. Weinstein and Kevin Spacey are still very much alive and need to be held accountable for their crimes.
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