AVA, your point regarding that over time they respect having degraded is false. Today people in communities worldwide have the Utmost respect for the Rav.
Frankly I think it is that people of your mindset making such bold and rash statements regarding this great sages of our times is what is lowering the way people look at them.
That is to say many people don’t even know who these giants were and upon a closer look by them they would have great respect. However there is a flaw where as people do, they make brash statements that prevent individuals from even beginning to give the right amount of Kavod to great torah scholars