The recent flurry of sexual misconduct allegations prompts me to wonder whether we’re overlooking merit while condemning the misbehaviors of Roy Moore, Al Franken, Ben Affleck, Harvey Weinstein, George H.W. Bush, Kevin Spacey and Louis C. K.
I don’t condone their bad deeds, and they certainly deserve our scorn and owe us meaningful apologies, along with behavioral correction. But does that misconduct, past or present, preclude their ability to competently perform the tasks they’re known for?
Roy Moore may well be sexually deviant, but I’m more concerned about his ability to represent 3,330,802 Alabamians in the U.S. Senate. What about other issues like his record on race, being twice removed from the Alabama Supreme Court, espousing anti-Muslim and anti-gay views, and affiliating with white nationalist groups? Those issues should matter more as voters consider whether to check an R or a D in December.
And what about performers like Affleck? Does his indiscretion somehow impede the Oscar-winner’s ability to occupy center stage, providing serious or amusing dramatic moments? After all, President Donald Trump has tweeted how much he’s looking forward to Affleck’s yet-to-be released Batman film.
During a Nov. 16 interview on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” Affleck affirmed that men should be much more mindful of their behavior toward women and hold themselves accountable, becoming part of the solution. They could, he asserted, achieve a redemption of sorts.
Despite the disturbing revelations, some redeemed celebrity men could actually serve as role models, despite their blemished reputations. Maybe too many of us have shrunk our perspectives about those notables to preclude something positive that may come of their course corrections.
Ocean Park, Washington