Maybe it’s an age-old question or maybe it’s just something new given the huge amount of sexual allegations coming out of the Hollywood swamp lately but Bryan Cranston (Breaking Bad) thinks there’s a way for the “Weinsteins and Spaceys” of Hollywood to come back from.
Yes, their behavior and their actions are sickening but I guess ultimately what Cranston argues is that with a lot of work maybe they can?
In fact, I’ll leave it to AllahPundit over at HotAir to put it best… cause even he makes a great point.
I’d imagine that for a Christian this is a difficult question. If the stories about Weinstein are true, he’s the worst of the worst, a tyrant and a rapist many times over. But if what Cranston suggests came to pass — real repentance, years of contrition, hard work to make amends to those he’s wronged, then forgiveness would be in the offing, no? Not to the point that he’s reinstalled as the king of Hollywood but surely to the point that he’s welcomed again into the brotherhood of man.
I wish I could sit here and blithely pronounce Cranston delusional, that there’ll be no second chances for the rapists, the crotch-grabbers, the onanist exhibitionists, the whatever-the-hell-Mark-Halperin-is-ists. We’ve come too far. The demons are being exorcised.
But then I remember: Mike Tyson. Mike Tyson was convicted of the forcible rape of an 18-year-old, replete with corroborating physical evidence and eyewitness testimony after the fact, and picked up his boxing career where it left off not long after he was paroled. He’s been sufficiently reintegrated into polite society today to do cutesy cameos in major Hollywood comedies like “The Hangover” and to have his own animated show on Adult Swim. If Tyson can make a comeback, Kevin Spacey can surely make a comeback.
Like I said.. he makes a point and really doesn’t Cranston make a point? As Christians, where do we draw the line on forgiveness?
The swamp is deep and dark, especially when it comes to Weinstein and Spacey. The truth is, they’ll probably never work in Hollywood again. But as a society… can and when should we forgive them, if at all?