Episode 292 - Separating the art from the artists

Oct 5, 2016

Separating the art from the artist, the message from the messenger… Can you do this? You know, when you find out an actor, musician, comic artist or whatever is an arsehole or says things you disagree with or is a criminal, can you separate that from their work and STILL manage to enjoy it? Or does it taint everything they've ever made? I've thought about this a lot. I think I can usually separate the art from the artist and I DON'T think that consuming the work of that artist in any way legitimises what I disagree with about them personally or endorses their criminal behaviour unless the art is specifically about that. But it can really depend on how personally you're affected by whatever it was about the artist that offended you; A Jewish person could have a far more negative reaction, understandably, to the watercolours of Adolph Hitler than most other people, to use an extreme example. What about you? Can you separate the message from the messenger, the art from the artist? The comic chosen for a marvellous theme THIS week was Cybertech. You'll hear the sounds of apocalyptic destruction and burning plasma in a dark future, epic world.



Ozoneocean at 9:55PM, Oct. 12, 2016

True, personality and even appearance can help get you into a comic, that's the strategy of a lot of people at conventions anyway :)

ejb at 3:37AM, Oct. 12, 2016

In terms of comics, I can think of only one time that an artist's words outside the work really put me off. I just found their message atrocious and reading the comic was just no longer enjoyable. However, the opposite is also true for me. An artist, and THEIR story or personality, can sell me on a work more than just the work itself. Eventually the comic will grow on me and I can become invested in both.

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