The Oscar folks have expelled two prominent members for ethics violations. Yay and congratulations to the board of directors who appear to be THE folks in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences who have this authority.
First, yes, it is a very good thing that an association has an ethics statement (akin to values only regulating the members instead of the organization). Second, it is also very good that the board is willing, at least in extreme, very public cases, to enforce its ethics.
But I will now wonder just how far does a member have to go to be expelled? In perhaps a Sodom and Gomorrah consideration, if a member is just "a little" violator of ethics, do they get to stay or maybe be subject to eldering? Again, just how big of a violator does a member need to be to gain the attention of the Academy's board such that a conversation about the violation begins? And how long does someone get to violate an ethics policy to be expelled? Both the Polanski and Cosby cases are not situations that happened today - they happened many years ago. So do ethics ethics violations have to be cumulative to be punished? And who exactly suffers from the Board's action? The violators - not so much at least in the case of these two expulsions.
Ok, so maybe this act is more about optics than a brave action by the Academy's board. The optics looks really good for the Academy. But isn't this too little too late? So maybe not congratulations for taking this step and finally taking action.