Why Art Shouldn’t Be Separated From The Artist by Sharon Loeffler

Why Art Shouldn’t Be Separated From The Artist by Sharon Loeffler

Why Art Shouldn’t Be Separated From The Artist

by Sharon Loeffler As told to Gene Maddaus


…Hollywood has always looked the other way when it comes to sexual misconduct. When disturbing stories emerge, we are told to separate the art from the artist. Even last year, the president of the Academy urged people to go see “The Birth of a Nation” and consider it independently of the director’s [Nate Parker’s] past [of allegedly raping women].

But asking us to ignore an artist’s misconduct and focus on the art just protects that artist’s career from the consequences of his actions.

I hope that with “The Birth of a Nation,” which fared poorly both financially and among Oscar voters, we have begun to realize that that won’t cut it anymore.

For real change to occur, the consequences have to be real. No one should get a pass, no matter how powerful or successful or brilliant or talented. No one.

Now we are seeing several powerful men fall every week. Too late — far too late for my sister — we are starting to take women’s allegations seriously. I know how hard it is for these women to come forward, not knowing if they’ll be believed or attacked.

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See Also:

The Cultural Vandalism of Celebrities – When The Real Life Actions of Celebrities Ruin Their Art for Fans and Viewers

What Should We Do About Scandalous Artists? By A. Kirsch

Celebrities Who Are Not What They Seem – Including Bill Cosby  

The 1976 Rocky Movie in Light of Sexual Abuse Allegations Against Sylvester Stallone

Sexual Harassment, Abuse in Hollywood – the Ever Growing List

There’s No Severing Michael Jackson’s Art From His Obsession With Children by Jack Hamilton

Michael Jackson is a Symbol of How Fame Can Create Monsters by N. McCormick

Numerous Accusations of Sexual Harassment and Misconduct by Democratic Party Backer Movie Producer Harvey Weinstein

‘The Bachelor’ Star Chris Soules Is Not the Nice Guy ABC Sold Us by Brandy Zadronzy

Church of Scientology allegedly covered up abuse claims filed against That ’70s Show TV star Danny Masterson 

Actor Ben Affleck Accused of Sexual Abuse or Harassment by Various Women

Usher, The Singer, Allegedly Paid Woman 1 Million For Giving Her Herpes 

Tobey MaGuire – Actors Who Seem Nice But Are Really Not

Actor Chris O’Dowd is a Great Big Jerk – Not Adorable, Not Nice, and No, Not Sexy

Actor Jim Carrey to Face Trial Over Death of Ex-Girlfriend; Reports: Actor Allegedly Gave Sexually Transmitted Diseases to Ex

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