great artist can come from anywhere

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… But there are times when a critic truly risks something, and that is in the discovery and defence of the new. The world is often unkind to new talent, new creations. The new needs friends. … In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook.” But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. 

Ratatouille (2005) dir. Brad Bird

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“In the past, I have made no secret of my disdain for Chef Gusteau’s famous motto, “Anyone can cook.” But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist; but a great artist can come from anywhere. It is difficult to imagine more humble origins than those of the genius now cooking at Gusteau’s, who is, in this critic’s opinion, nothing less than the finest chef in France. I will be returning to Gusteau’s soon, hungry for more.”

Regarding Principal Gakuhō Asano.

I had always misread it.

I had always thought Mr. Asano was saying “Since you just said my education was right, I’ll let this shitty little E Class live out of sheer pity.”

But I realize, only now do I truly understand what he meant. Not everyone can become a great artist, but a great artist can come from anywhere.

Mr. Asano was really saying “Thank you E Class, for validating my education in a way I never thought possible.”

He may not have wanted the E Class to defeat him, but he understands that his defeat and their new strength could only have happened because of his system.

He realizes he was wrong to try and dominate the weak, and through their rebellion they became strong. Now ALL of his students are strong, and he sees he was an idiot to try and prevent that.

Damn. If only I had understood before.

Props to you, Principal Asano. Mad props.