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Opinion: Is the Artist Separate From the Art?

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What the….Cancel Culture?

Yes, yes. This day in age no one is all caught up with current events. There is way too much happening. Even a news anchor has to focus on different subjects of news, such as politics, to stay up-to-date with current events. So what the crud is cancel culture? Simply put it is a form of online shaming a person and canceling them along with a whole slew of other people in regards to disagreeing with their spoken words or actions. This might include created hashtags for use on twitter so others can easily join your rant.

10 Theses About Cancel Culture – New York Times

Whats the point?

I’ve been a long time reader of the blog Lifehacker.com. I read an article posted today called What to Do When Your Favorite Artist Has Been Canceled. While the article has a special niche, one mainly being of cancel culture, I had one overwhelming thought the whole time I’m reading it:

Are the Artist and Art really that closely related ( in the consumer’s mind ) that when the artist does something it’s fan doesn’t agree with the fan becomes disassociated with the artist to the point they cancel the artist?

Look, I realize the main audience the article is intended for is those that must feel a close relation between the two ( the artist and the art ). But I, for one, most certainly do not. While this doesn’t do much for the hype and drama and I’m perfectly fine with that because I can focus on things like starting my own drama, jk ( get it? jk, ha ha). This isn’t the first post I have written on something that came from J.K. Rowling’s opinion about transgender things – see my Analysis of Being Offended which dives quickly into being offended and my thoughts on it.

So, just for today and hopefully tomorrow as well – I am perfectly fine of being a fan of artwork by an artist when and if I one hundred percent disagree with everything they say and do. That would not change my preference for the type of artwork or even my preference for their artwork at all. And, if you don’t agree with that, well, I am perfectly fine with that as well.

What do you think? Do you feel attached to an artist? Maybe that’s what spawns such a reaction? Let me know what you think in the comments. I’m honestly interested in other’s opinions.

Guys, until next time – may you find all the happiness that your life can fit in it’s happy spot – S.D. McKinley

By S.D. McKinley

S.D. McKinley lives in the suburbs of Atlanta, Georgia. He was born in the first half of the 1980's and grew up in Wisconsin as a young boy, then moved to Georgia when he turned exactly twelve years old. During teenage years, he raced dirt track go karts and played guitar. He discovered his current love for all kinds of art after his mid-life crisis at 25 years old. S.D. McKinley began writing books in 2017.

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