Tom Hanks has been in a lot of great movies. Harvey Weinstein produced a lot of great movies. But that's where the similarities end. Tom Hanks never actually worked with the now disgraced movie mogul; but as one of Hollywood's good guys, he had a few words to say.
He wasn't surprised by the allegations. Tom Hanks has been around for awhile and sees the power structure in Hollywood -- saying that some people in positions of power will hit on or make the lives of underlings "some degree of miserable, because they can."
And then he offered up this nugget:
"Somebody great said this, either Winston Churchill, Immanuel Kant or Oprah: 'When you become rich and powerful, you become more of what you already are.'"
That's an important lesson we should learn from this scandal.
Good people with money and power often become even better people. I see Bill Gates giving big chunks of his fortune to charity, and trying hard to make the world a better place.
Bad people with money and power often become even worse. Just ask any of the women who've been sexually harassed or assaulted by Harvey Weinstein.
We need to pay attention to to distinguish the good actors from the bad.