RUSH: Weinstein/Spacey Redemption Phase Has Now Begun

RUSH: Now Bryan Cranston is back, deep thought intellectual leader of Hollywood. He was on the BBC. Arts editor Will Gompertz speaking with Cranston about recent allegations of sexual harassment against Harvey Weinstein and Kevin Spacey. Question: “Is there a way back, is there a way back for the Weinsteins and Spaceys of the world?”

CRANSTON: It would take time. It would take a society to forgive them. And it would take tremendous contrition on their part and a knowingness that they have a deeply rooted psychological, emotional problem, and it takes years to mend that. If they were to show us that they put the work in and are truly sorry and making amends and not defending their actions, but asking for forgiveness, then maybe down the road there is room for that. Maybe so. We shouldn’t close it off and say, “To hell with him, rot and go away from us for the rest of your life.” Let’s not do that. Let’s be bigger than that.

RUSH: There you have it. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready, because the Weinstein-Spacey redemption phase has now begun. “There has to be a second chance. We can’t just say rot and go away for the rest of your life,” unless it’s to Donald Trump. But to these other paragons of great entertainment and arts value, we must afford open-mindedness and second chances.

As long as they admit that they’re genuine screw ups, as long as they admit that they’re reprobates, as long as they admit that they’re lucky to be breathing air, we’ll give them a second chance. As long as they spend enough time and dig deep and admit to themselves what a bunch of human debris they have been, we can get ’em back. We should be open to this. Yes.

What do you think, six weeks of rehab and we can bring ’em back? I’m just telling you, and you’re gonna soon see, if you haven’t already, the stories, probably Washington Post, New York Times, “the beauty of the work. Look at the substance of the Weinstein movie catalog. My God, it’s some of the most beautiful, moving stuff we’ve ever seen. How do we square the guy who did that with what we know that Ashley Judd and the others said about him?”

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