Artists who ruin the Art...or "Art"

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    Apr 26, 2011 9:04 PM GMT
    Hey, have you ever found it hard to enjoy, or felt guilty for enjoying, a piece of art (books, movies, paintings, etc) because of something you knew about the Artist?

    So I was reading Hard Times (not as dirty as it sounds), and getting pretty into it when my friend starts telling me about Charles Dickens' poor mistreated wife and how he was actually a mysoginist. After that, i began scrutinising and analysing every little mention of women in the novel...it definitely took a lot of the enjoyment out of it.

    But worse still is Katy Perry (with whom I use the word "Artist" VERY loosely). Her first album was so blatantly sexist and homophic - and then i heard her in an interview explaining how "Ur so Gay" is not offensive and man, did that get me angry. Her second album, though, has actually some pretty catchy songs, hence my guilt at liking some of her music. But seriously, "Have you ever felt like a plastic bag?" icon_eek.gif

    And don't get me started on Tom Cruise - war of the worlds will never be the same after Zenu lol. icon_lol.gif

    Anyone experienced something similar?
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    Apr 27, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    This funny! I like this one! Can't think of any incident immediately off my head. But hey, are is very subjective right?D =D
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    Apr 27, 2011 1:33 AM GMT
    No, but I have formal academic training in the visual arts, so it's years of analyzing art subjects as independent entities.
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    Apr 27, 2011 6:53 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidNo, but I have formal academic training in the visual arts, so it's years of analyzing art subjects as independent entities.


    Yeah, i see your point. I admit i can find it a little hard to view some art as "independent entities". Though I think it's also important to view art in the context in which it was produced...but as DueDiligence said, art is subjective icon_smile.gif
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    Apr 27, 2011 7:43 AM GMT
    John Muir was a hero of mine. Then I read his autobiography and his use of the n word. I get that it was a different time, but it's disappointing.

    Then there's Walt Disney. The anti-Semitism, the racism, the work with the HUAAC, and the rumors of being a Nazi-sympathizer. I still enjoy (most of) the movies and Disneyland, but there's no way I'd see him as a role model.
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    Apr 27, 2011 8:33 AM GMT
    Katy Perry, an Artist?!
    HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!
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