No weirder than his rocking the official sex-offender facial hair.
So Salva is a convicted child molester but keeps making movies. He has a sequel to Jeepers Creepers coming soon, the third in the franchise, that's actually heavily anticipated and could very well be quite popular. And hell, I saw the first two before I knew he was a creeper himself and I really like them. Any movie that makes prominent use of one of the most preposterous songs ever to accentuate the horror of an overcoat-wearing demon who eats people can't be all bad, can it?
So would you go see a movie that was directed by a convicted child molester? Should anyone? We make sex offenders register online so we always know where they are. You can go to a website and see how many live in your neighborhood and we ban them from even being near schools or having contact with children. But we'll still go watch the movies they make.
And be prepared to throw scalding butter in their face and run if they show up.
I'd argue that Salva owes much of his success -- which of course is not as great as Gibson's, but directing a fairly successful horror franchise is nothing to sneeze at -- to people not giving a shit. He was never big enough for you to look him up. He was never big enough to make front-page news the way Tyson's rape or Gibson's rant did. He was no one back when he molested that boy, and managed to build a career because it didn't matter to enough people.
Jeffrey Jones, the actor who played Ferris Bueller's principal, had been ostracized for years, after he was arrested in 2002 for possessing child pornography and soliciting a minor for nude pictures. Never a huge star to begin with, he's basically a man-goblin these days, occasionally appearing in the light for fearsome photos that prompt people to write articles that boil down to "Remember this guy? Total creep." However, even he has been oozing back into roles in the last few years.
You'd never think he was the creepier one in this picture.
So it seems no crime is too heinous to be overlooked if time passes. If O.J. could stay out of prison for any length of time and stop making things worse every time he opens his mouth, he'd probably have a career as well.
You can Google "actors who ruined their careers" and you'll likely find Gibson on that list, maybe Wesley Snipes, and others who actually still have careers, just not as big as they were. And maybe they'll never be as big again, but they claw back a fair ways more often than not.
Why does it happen? Humans seem to be capable of outrage for only so long. If a bully punches you and then for the next week punches people you don't like, you kind of start appreciating his work. It's tiring to hold grudges, no matter how well deserved. And so often, we don't. We simmer down. If the outrage didn't happen specifically to us, it's much easier to shrug it off, try to focus on the things we enjoy, like Lethal Weapon sequels and hilarious Fleshlight videos. And maybe that's OK. In fact, it is OK, if you're OK with it. Forgiveness isn't a hard and fast rule. You never have to forgive anyone for causing offense, but you also don't have to stay enraged.
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