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Subj: Re: I always do my best to separate...
Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 at 04:37:00 pm EST (Viewed 188 times)
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Posted: Sun Dec 03, 2017 at 10:05:28 am EST (Viewed 208 times)



      Disliking art because of who made it is akin to an ad hominen.

    Not sure I agree. An ad hominem is designed to tarnish an opponent in a debate or discussion. It as an argumentative tactic. I get your point, though.

Actually, it is designed to discredit what the person says based on who he is (which is a logical fallacy). If the devil tells the truth, it is no less the truth because it is him who says it.

    With regard to an artist who engages in abhorrent behavior, and the decision to no longer find that art appealing, this is subjective to the standards of the observer. I can't personally find Bill Cosby entertaining because of what has been substantively alleged against him.

    But lets look at Michael Richards. He used racist rhetoric on his hecklers. He went way too far. At the same time, he acknowledged that he was 100% wrong and tried to atone for his mistake. It took a long time, but I was able to forgive him and enjoy Seinfeld again.
I understand. Some form of art makes it harder to dissociate the person from what he/she make. It is often the case when the artist is delivering the performance himself/herself as opposed to someone who write something that others will deliver (a movie by Roman Polansky for example).

But, ultimately, I still think we should try to differentiate whenever possible. Or, at least and admit we are unfit to judge the work of someone when we can't get over the person (perfectly human btw.).

    Being accountable for your mistakes goes a long way. Sometimes it doesn't go far enough, though, if the behavior is too egregious.
True. And some form of art are less relying on someone's "likability".

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