allegations against Max Landis, the wealthy son of director John Landis, is as scary as they are different: Landis & # 39; alleged malicious behavior ranging from social bullying to psychological abuse to physical violence against rape. Tempting though it may be to focus on the more serious allegations is one thing that Landis case illustrates, even at this late stage in our collective education in rovstrategier how some less-than-understood social patterns does abuse not only possible, But really challenging to recognize. We are still not good at understanding abusers as part of society, or at understanding the way an abuser's public image cuts along with his private behavior. The key to understanding the rapes and physical attacks is the lighter social choreography that Landis seems to have excelled at; The ugly in-group and out-group dynamics he established made his behavior difficult to call out (let alone stop). To put it plainly: What is instructive about Landis, how open and public and even ironic, he acted on his skittethed and how long openness were shield him from the consequences. (Landis & # 39; father has reportedly thrown an anniversary party to celebrate his acquittal due to involuntary violence, after three people, including two children, were killed in an accident during the recording of Landis & # 39; segment of Twilight Zone Twilight Zone: The Movie .)
Landis & # 39; modus operandi seems to have been an extreme openness about his own shortcomings, which gave the impression of maturity. This will be known to Louis C.K. supporters who took his riffs on his sinister trends and tvangsmasturbation to be not just satire, but proof that he understood these behaviors to be outside the limits.) Landis admitted loudly and often that he was hard or a monster or worse and benefited from ease with which people confuse desire with self-awareness. According to the Daily Beast report has a woman he bullied about his weight, described how this works at her: "Although he obviously would indicate that he had given an ex-girlfriend an eating disorder, I could in some way not identify what was As is the case for me. "As" Lainey ", one of his victims, it said:" He was always bad, but everyone would say, oh, it's just how Max is. He is a He knows it. He calls himself out of it. There was this confusion of self-awareness with meaningful change. "
Most of us have known men like this – men who not only is widely considered to be "difficult", but talk a lot about their "difficulties" in ways that imply deep even order. They have discovered that society has a peculiar tolerance and even admiration for this kind of person. Their Transgressive behavior is proof that they are genuine, they do not care about conventional platitudes as suffering or admired, and because of it they are beautiful and admired. Exceptions are made in social compact: Promising and accepting them is a condition of group membership; It is the work of those who enter the circle to adapt to their paths. A woman called "Veronica" in the Daily Beast & # 39; s reporting, recalls that he calls her food choices "retarded" and publicly accusing another woman to have an eating disorder first time they met. "I immediately wrote him off," she said. "He was rude, loud and unpleasant, and I wanted nothing to do with him, and yet I was still curious about why most of my social circle seemed to like him so much." She later adjusted and described him harassing and attacking her (According to the Daily Beast, Landis did not respond to several requests for comments on the allegations.)
Landis, who called his inner circle "The Color Society", seems to have been a skilled power broker who carefully created and manage clients to maximize its own key. "He created a group chat with his closest friends, where he would essentially character assassination draw people he did not like us," one woman recalled. People wanted to go in some lengths to avoid being targeted, and whatever discomfort might have caused it to be limed to the genius award. His dickishness was elevated to art. Landis & # 39; public dirt became evidence of openness, even transparency. It is a little ironic that one of the ways in which Hollywood men have sabotaged, the career of women they fear, will report them, marking them difficult . For women, it is difficult to be a career framework. For men, it turns out their genius: They must be amazing because whole groups of people with obvious good judgment have merged with them.
The "missing staircase" theory tries to explain "poisonous" people who all find a way to work around instead of confronting. Landis and his family can be explained with a consequence: the "creaking staircase", which constantly observes its own defects and is loved, instead of cut off, in return. Landis is not alone. He fits a pattern that is so recognizable that it can be easy to shine over: a public jerk, a rich scion that exploits its fame for cruelty, a manipulator obsessed with creating and destroying reputation. But the checklist known as it should be too scary.