Should The Cosby Show still be on TV?
Do I have your attention?
What Bill Cosby did to women was despicable. It was wrong on all sorts of levels which is why he went to prison.
But his TV show, the one all about family values….should it be pushed aside to the bins?
Should the thousands of other people who worked on that show be forced to suffer in shame even thought they did nothing wrong?
Do we separate the artist from the art?
I have been struggling with this issue for awhile. There are many books, movies, music and art that I like and appreciate for their intrinsic value. It’s pretty to look at, or complex in its ideas. It makes me think or it inspires me. Is it wrong to look at a work of art and not contemplate who the artist is? Should we just get rid of all that intellectual property because of the person who made it?
So, I have decided to take a stand: I am going to separate art from the artist. I am going to enjoy a piece of work on its own merits. I am not going to look at the background of an artist.
My college book club is really focused on looking at the background of the authors of the books that we read. We spent the first ten minutes of the last book club hearing someone recite the bio of the author…
Can’t a book just be a book?
Shouldn’t a book stand on its own merits without knowing anything about the author? if you’re a scholar this could be very interesting. I understand many a thesis is based on looking into the life of an artist. But for the lay person? Should we need a reason for the art? Shouldn’t the art stand alone?
Does the authors bio really matter?
Does who the artist is really matter?
Should we separate art from the artist?
On a side note: Two of my blog friends wrote very thought provoking pieces yesterday. As they gave me much to think about, I thought that you might enjoy them as well: