It really doesn't matter whether or not you hate him. In fact, unless I'm misreading drastically, that's exactly what juliansingeris talking about. This is not about Mr. Ellison as an individual and whether he personally is worthy of hate or not. This is about this kind of behavior not being acceptable and what is to be done about it when people engage in that kind of behavior, not about totting up all the good and bad that the people have done in their long lives and then coming up with an overall opinion on them, or whatever. I don't care whether Mr. Ellison is compelled to grope people because, tragically, he suffers from McGroperson's Syndrome. If he is compelled to grope people, he should not be on stage at conventions, in the same way that Tourette's Syndrome sufferers are rarely successful newscasters. Their guilt or personalities or whatever are irrelevant. Their behavior is inappropriate and that's what needs to stop.