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Subj: I always do my best to separate...
Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 at 08:25:36 am EST (Viewed 184 times)
Reply Subj: Is It Possible To Separate The Art From The Artist?
Posted: Sat Dec 02, 2017 at 02:39:04 pm EST (Viewed 229 times)

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I'm just wondering, with all of these sexual harassment allegations (Which I don't entirely believe.) coming out against musicians, entertainers, actors, etc, is it possible to enjoy their work after these alleged accusations? I would say that it is possible, but sometimes difficult. I think of Mel Gibson, for example. People thought that he was finished after his anti-Semitic rant was publicized, but he did make a comeback (Although it did take a few years.). And Hacksaw Ridge was a big hit. I'm sure that there are still some people out there who won't see anything else that he does or appears is, but I think that in his case, it certainly is possible. I also think that sometimes controversy like this causes an increase in sales and the like. I would say that Kevin Spacey (If everything turns out to be true.) and Louis C.K are tougher to overlook. I certainly don't think that shows, movies, etc should be canceled just because of some allegations. After all, OTHER people worked on those shows and films as well. And a HECK of a lot of musicians have had legal problems, but their music still sells. So yes, I think that might be what we need to start doing.

Disliking art because of who made it is akin to an ad hominen. Who say, or who made it is irrelevant. What matter is what was said and made.

Of course you can decide to boycot an artist because you do not like him, but in that case you should refrain from appraising his work when you freely decided to remain ignorant about it.

If you want to talk about the shitty human behaviors of the artist, it is an entirely different matter.

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