– by Joseph Jammer Medina

Hollywood has been set ablaze with scandals in recent months, with bigwigs like Harvey Weinstein being brought down by cascades of accusations for sexual harassment. One other such man to be hit with accusations is none other than Walt Disney Animation and Pixar head John Lasseter.

The renowned animation director and creative head was accused of such actions as giving unwanted kisses on the lips to female staff, groping women next to him during meetings, and providing a generally hostile work environment for women. This behavior is something that’s apparently been an open secret for some time, and even the folks at Disney had meetings regarding his behavior.

So what went wrong here? How is it that someone as seemingly wholesome as Lasseter ended up doing such horrible things? The opinion of Innovate the Pixar Way co-author Bill Capodagli is a bit ironic.

“I don’t think John ever grew out of his childlike enthusiasm — that’s probably what got him into trouble. John didn’t have any boundaries. With the hugging and kissing and things like that, you have to know your audience and be aware of when people are uncomfortable with that kind of behavior.”

A little bit odd that it’s his “childlike enthusiasm” that could lead him to this kind of inappropriate behavior, isn’t it? Whether you believe it or not is one thing, but either way, Lasseter is pretty much in time out at this point.

We’ll see what ends up happening with his career once the dust settles, and his six month leave of absence is done.

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SOURCE: Variety

  • Eric Erickson

    I’ve had a lot of discussions with my friends in the entertainment industry about this topic of late. This quote is interesting because it totally makes sense if you are in the industry. Boundaries are very blurry in a creative environment- even aside from corporate interests that will turn a blind eye in exchange for profits. In our discussions, my friends and I often refer to the “summer camp” environment that filmmaking can be. You are on set with people, sometimes 24-7 on location, and the lines are blurry. Often you are vulnerable- as a working actor or maybe just due to fatigue- and it’s a different environment.

    There’s also a transitory aspect to making film and TV. You will or can always move on to another project, and this, amplified by power structure and abuse of it and fear, can cause a feeling of “just deal with it” until the next gig starts.

    This is different in a studio office or production office like Pixar, but it is still inherent in the industry. The bottom line is really, people in the industry love making movies and TV, and that is often used as pressure by abusers against their victims.

    I am not condoning what Lasseter did. It’s just if people are looking for a reason “Why? How?” I can offer this suggestion from experience. Up until the 2000s, filmmaking wasn’t normally a corporate structured environment. In function or mood. You can break down each involved group: actors, producers/above the line, crew, etc. and they each have their own way of doing things right or wrong. And their own problems and prejudices.

    Yet, this was already changing over the last few years with the corporatizing of the film industry, hence the corporate style reactions (Netflix & Spacey for example). In the end it won’t change the final product, but it will change the way things are created. And that’s not a bad thing.

  • Victor Roa

    the man could relate with toys, drawings and cars but not with female coworkers.

  • DubCheezy

    Actually “Childlike” was the exact thing I was thinking when I saw his picture above. Lasseter is basically a big child and he probably has the maturity to match. I think about all the inappropriate things I did to girls as a child and it’s not far off from the acts Lasseter was committing. The difference is I’ve matured and would never be foolish enough to think I could get away with that behavior as an adult.

  • CrystalClearTruth

    no excuse. he was always a pervert. he just got caught now

Joseph Jammer Medina is an author, podcaster, and editor-in-chief of LRM. A graduate of Chapman University's Dodge College of Film and Television, Jammer's always had a craving for stories. From movies, television, and web content to books, anime, and manga, he's always been something of a story junkie.