Tomorrow, I plan to post a review of the book Ender’s Game. The author of Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card, is well known for being anti-lgbt. Enough so that some people plan to protest the upcoming movie adaption of Ender’s Game. And I am very pro-lgbt.Card has also been quoted comparing President Obama to Hitler, saying he is "by character and preference, a dictator."
I bring this up NOT to start a debate on Obama's merits as the president or gay rights or equal rights or marriage rights or any of that. So please, do not focus on that part of this post.
But I bring it up because it led me to a broader question:
Do the personal opinions of an artist – a writer, a director, an actor, etc. – affect the way you view their work – even when that work is on another subject altogether? Or I guess, does it change the way I should view someone’s work?
There are enough examples of authors with controversial or offensive opinions Buzzfeed made a list of them. Roald Dahl was a self-identified anti-semite. Dr. Seuss has been accused of being racist. And to broaden it from only authors, Walt Disney has also been accused of being racist. Disney!
I went ahead and read the book, mostly because I didn't personally spend any money on it.
But also because I'm not sure whether I feel like the author's personal opinions should relate to my reading of their book. You know?
I’m curious to hear your thoughts on this topic.
Does it bother you if you find out that an artist you love holds opinions you disagree with? How much does it affect your appreciation of their work?
PS: Please, please keep the comments kind. I do not mean to attack anyone with this post. Merely to bring up a broad discussion. I reserve the right to delete comments I find offensive. Not that I expect it. Just in cases.