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    Default Can you enjoy music by artists you dislike?

    Same for acting and actors/actresses, I suppose, or any other kind of creative art.

    Example: I like certain songs by One Direction and Justin Bieber, but I dislike Justin Bieber and One Direction have done little to convince me they are lovely people.

    I'm curious as to how many people can actually bring themselves to admit that. But I've had people listen to music and enjoy it, and then get told who sings it and basically go "Urgh, that song is ruined now, I hate it." That perplexes me to some extent. I think there are very few artists out there who I can abhor so much that I dislike songs just because they are sung by the artist. They would have to do something very wrong to warrant that kind of treatment.

    Speaking of doing something very wrong - I suppose it'd be interesting to see if I can enjoy re-watching The Cosby Show someday. Something tells me I might not be able to. =[
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    Well, I still like Roman Polanski films so...

    Considering how many great musicans, actors etc have done unpleasant things to varying degrees, I think you'd go mad if you didn't separate the artist from the art to be honest.
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    Do you mean on a personal level, or on an artistic level?

    Because, no, I'm probably not going to enjoy something done by someone whose artistic talents I do not enjoy.

    As for letting who they are as a person influence my decision? Nah. Most celebrities seem like troutty people. But I don't follow the tabloids, so I really don't care. Unless they've done something really, really bad (like, I'm probably never going to enjoy The Cosby Show again, or 7th Heaven after finding out the guy who plays the reverend is a child molester/rapist).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Jinx View Post
    As for letting who they are as a person influence my decision? Nah. Most celebrities seem like troutty people. But I don't follow the tabloids, so I really don't care. Unless they've done something really, really bad (like, I'm probably never going to enjoy The Cosby Show again, or 7th Heaven after finding out the guy who plays the reverend is a child molester/rapist).
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    Quote Originally Posted by charliepanayi View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Jinx View Post
    As for letting who they are as a person influence my decision? Nah. Most celebrities seem like troutty people. But I don't follow the tabloids, so I really don't care. Unless they've done something really, really bad (like, I'm probably never going to enjoy The Cosby Show again, or 7th Heaven after finding out the guy who plays the reverend is a child molester/rapist).
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    Jeffrey Jones (who played Dean Rooney) got done for possessing child pornography, which pretty much ended his career.
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    I can enjoy works by celebrities I dislike but if its someone I have a moral objection to I feel dirty if I pay for it.
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    Certainly. As long as it sounds good and pleases me, I don't care who made it or how it was created.

    It's the same for every other medium too. I think it's ridiculous when people say they're going to refuse to watch/read/listen to/play something because the creator did or said something they don't like. If it's not at all reflected in the work, and you like the work itself, why on earth do you care?

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    Yeah I can. Usually I don't get super into music if the person/people annoy me or whatever.

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMKA View Post
    Certainly. As long as it sounds good and pleases me, I don't care who made it or how it was created.

    It's the same for every other medium too. I think it's ridiculous when people say they're going to refuse to watch/read/listen to/play something because the creator did or said something they don't like. If it's not at all reflected in the work, and you like the work itself, why on earth do you care?
    This pretty much sums up my view on the subject.

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    There's a simple test that I have for this:

    Do you enjoy the Sixth Sense?

    If yes, then you're capable of enjoying the work of the man who created 'The Last Airbender'. The disdain I feel towards him for that travesty (and others) is no small amount I assure you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMKA View Post
    Certainly. As long as it sounds good and pleases me, I don't care who made it or how it was created.

    It's the same for every other medium too. I think it's ridiculous when people say they're going to refuse to watch/read/listen to/play something because the creator did or said something they don't like. If it's not at all reflected in the work, and you like the work itself, why on earth do you care?
    I think it's ridiculous that even if you don't share the same views, that you are somehow incapable of understanding why OTHER PEOPLE might feel differently than you.

    I can't listen to Chris Brown's music because as soon as one of his songs come on, I see in my head the image of Rihanna's bruised and battered face.

    Is your mind really so single minded that you can force your brain to not branch off and think about the artist and the things you know about that artist? Because if so, that is an incredible talent, but one I do not share.

    If I know that someone did some really troutty and smurfed up things, that it's not like I can un-know that thing. It's going to be present in my mind when I think of that person and when some product of that person's talent is up for consumption. So I just can't be like, OH YEAH, THIS IS TOTALLY MY JAM! LET ME JUST NOT THINK ABOUT THE VIOLENCE AND MISOGYNY! DON'T THINK ABOUT DON'T THINK ABOUT IT JUST KEEP DANCING.

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