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I remember when Michael Jackson was accused of child molestation. I was a young gymnast at the time and we were about a week from a show…my group’s performance song of choice was “I Will Be There” from the Free Willy soundtrack. My gymnastics coach decided it best not to use MJ’s music in our show, even though he had not been convicted.
I remember being upset about it because I loved MJ and had decided that I could love the art while hating the artist, or the artist’s actions, as it were. Now, later in life, I find myself much more principled (and disciplined) when it comes to supporting artists who have hurt or abused innocent people. I’ve decided that my desire to consume art is not more important than supporting victims and preventing abusers from making tons of money.
I know that not everyone arrives at such a place and I’d like to hear about it. What are your thoughts? Do you still watch the Cosby Show, House of Cards? Listen to R. Kelly albums? Listen to Louis C.K. comedy? And most recently, Aziz Ansari’s show, “Master of None” … will you still watch?
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