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Subject: The first thing I would say is that while we should note and condemn the abusive artist's behavior, we must never judge any person for still enjoying or showing that person's artistic works.

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Date Posted: Thursday, March 08, 06:26:31am
In reply to: VIDEO 's message, "CBS SUNDAY MORNING had an interesting segment on this very subject, last weekend, of the questionable legacy of artisitc icons. ..." on Thursday, March 08, 04:58:14am

If that happens we will not be able to enjoy ANY works of art because nobody knows what bad things may come out about any of the producer's, director's, or actor's lives behind the screen.

If any good comes of this, it is that all those who hold power in Hollywood know that what they do to others WILL come out one day and tarnish their personal reputation in history, and this should act as a moral watchdog ringing in their head whenever they get ideas about using their power over anyone for sex or anything else. But the consumer who enjoyed their artistic works should be able to still do so without being condemned for it.

How about this: If someone like Hitchcock or Cosby is exposed, any money from their works should go to their victims, or to organizations that work to help victims of sexual harassment. Then people can still enjoy a flawed person's artistic side while helping their victims as well.

Otherwise, just think of your absolute favorite movie, TV show, song, or album. Then think of the artist behind it being discovered to have been a sexual abuser. It should change your opinion of him. But do you want to be told from then on that you can't enjoy the movie or song without being somehow complicit in the creator's faults?

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