Creepy, isn't he?
Makes you wonder just how many creeps there are in showbusiness, protected because they are in showbusiness.
He looks like something imagined by the cartoonist behind Ren & Stimpy.
For Brits that IS good looking. They were probably too drunk to notice the creepiness.
Honestly, I think he looked even scarier when he was younger. Those poor, poor children.
He made Jackie Rogers, Jr. look like Chris O'Donnell.
Because he played a double-bluff game of hypocrisy at the highest level.
Obviously he looked like the child-catcher, and the creep factor increased with age; but every public appearance, on which he fed, would underline his Knighthood, and the millions he raised for charity. All that meant that steady bad rumours were literally upstaged.
For many, OP's positive adjectives would be qualified by the word 'grudgingly', at best. If a tabloid rang him to say they had a strong story about abuse they were planning to run he'd say: "Go ahead and run it, but you do realise that one of my hospitals won't get that new 10m wing - and you'll be to blame." So, nothing appeared.
Savile's 'friendships' with Charles, Diana, and PM Thatcher also gave him a further layer of 'respectability', and kept rumours at bay. Surely the intelligence services wouldn't have let him get so close if his practices were known? Well, maybe.
In the DL 'Child Actor Outs Tom Cruise' thread a poster links to a lawyer who makes breathtaking allegations about Savile's enabling of deep dark deeds. Not sure if I believe it or not; but it's a measure of Savile's uniquely Jekyll and Hyde MO that it's not instantly dismissible.
Like we didn't have these issues on this side on the pond, OP?
He hid in plain sight. And he didn't even hide while doing it. He ridiculed critics and dared people - as he was being accused for years of improprieties - to do something about it. He was protected and supported all across the system, professionally and socially.
Part of it was, as noted, the characteristics R6 cited. Being outrageous seemed to provide cover.
But looking at this smug, deranged creature now, and seeing him in action in clips, offers a shocking view of an overt maniac in action.
"None so blind as them that will not see."
Brits like & celebrate characters, we don't sadly, although this guy wasn't just a character, he was a PERV.