Fandango’s Provocative Question is a doozy this time.
“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?”
Let’s start with clarification of terms. A celebrity or artist is a person who manifests certain attributes. The attribute can be abilities that can create art in some fashion, such as music, film, writing, painting, etc. A person with celebrity is put into the limelight, where eyes are on them with an expectation to perform/create. If anything, celebrities ideally would conduct themselves in a more honorable way than the average person. Instead, that responsibility is often perverted into anything to be noticed. Look at the idiot at the helm and the lengths he will go to to be the daily buzz topic of the human world.
A celebrity’s attributes can also be sexually abusing or exploiting a vulnerable victim or any other non-consenting individual.
It is important to remember that the celebrity is a person first. A person who has to be held responsible for criminal sexual conduct. Being famous doesn’t give anybody a pass on essentially evil crimes, such as exploiting little teenagers like R. Kelly, or the grooming, long-term sexual abuse of young boys, and paying off their families to keep their child available like Michael Jackson. Or Woody Allen, taking nude pictures of his stepdaughter and sexually abusing another one of them. Or Weinstein, exploiting his power position and forcing himself upon young starlets. Or Bill Cosby, slipping rufes into drinks. :::GAG::: Or Kevin Spacey. Or Louis C.K. Or Hugh Hefner. The list is endless. All men! What the hell. You never see females put into this position, even though I’m sure it happens.
Setting that stage, HELL YES, they go on my permanent boycott list. I don’t care if their talent allows them to walk on water, they are dead to me, figuratively speaking, with a wish that it was a literal fact.
There are millions, maybe zillions of talented artists out there of all media that AREN’T inappropriately sexually victimizing others. They are who I will give my allegiance to, not them. They can ESAD – please!