Fandango Provocative Question #18

So, my question this week is about whether or not you think it’s possible to separate the art from the artist.

“When you learn about highly regarded artists being accused of inappropriate sexual behavior, especially with minors, can you separate the artists from their art, or would you refuse to listen to, watch, or read the artists’ works?”

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My response;

I have read responses of a few bloggers to this question and like majority of them, I agree that it is very difficult to admire a person for their art is you despise them for their moral failings and character.

We cannot separate the art from the artist, specially if we are living in the same time era as them. There have been incidents of well known writers, poets and painters who have had reprehensible habits, in the past era. There was a general sort of feeling that the artist is permitted some sort of license to behave as they wanted without accountability because of their temperaments. So some of the great artists of the past have chequered past but they are forgiven because they lived in the past and are dead now. Nobody can question them or put them on trial for their indiscretions.

Having put this out in the open, we still have to come to grips with this dilemma of what to do with respect to the art created by these people who are being accused of improper behavior and sexual conduct.

As a personal preference, I would not want to associate my self with any of the art produced by these people.

Written in response to;

Fandango Provocative Question #18

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16 thoughts on “Fandango Provocative Question #18

  1. The thing that concerns me the most is the number of artists who have been accused after their deaths; they have no way to defend themselves and we have no proof that they are guilty. Personally I believe that the morals of an individual have no bearing on their art, the two are entirely separate.

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      1. Do we admire them or what they do? Very few of us know anyone who is famous for their art, all we can do is base our opinions on what we read or see in the media but we CAN appreciate what they’ve created. I also think that we are all far too keen to put people on pedestals when they become famous – we are all only human and therefore all flawed

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  2. I try my best to separate the two, however, when they start telling me how i am supposed to think or act, I draw the line, and usually I reject them completely at that point. Meryl Streep and Robert DeNiro are both great actors, just to name a couple who have attached themselves to the latest bandwagon of political ideals, but because of their radical ideals and actions, I can no longer stomach them in any form at all. As citizens, they are entitled to think however they wish, but they are NOT spokespersons and are certainly NOT experts in any other arena except the that of the movie industry. They have no rights whatsoever to tell the rest of us how to live or act or vote. I have lost ALL respect for them and all their crony followers,

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