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366 Days of Writing Prompts – Day 121

April 30, 2016

Art appreciation

Do you need to agree with an artist’s lifestyle or politics to
appreciate their art? To spend money on it?

There is no black or white, clear-cut yes or no to these questions. My initial reaction to both is no. Mainly because if I only read, listened and viewed ‘art’ by those who think and act like me, I would never grow as a spiritual being.

But even my own political/social views aren’t so cut & dry. I am definitely a progressive, but I have some semi-conservative views too. I am more of a socialist, but I see the need for a constitutional government with some capitalistic leanings. Another example is that I am pro-choice, but I don’t like seeing abortion used for birth control. Yet, I am realistic enough to know that if you outlaw abortion completely, then women who are raped, the victims of incest, or there is a serious medical condition, then those women would have to fight to get an abortion through the courts. So I would rather have an inclusive abortion act than an exclusive one. (Please do not get into a pro-life vs pro-choice debate with me. When pro-lifers begin taking care of all of the children who are actually born unwanted in the world, then maybe, maybe I will reconsider my position. I don’t do well with those who want to save a baby in the womb, but then do nothing to save/help them once they are born.)

I would probably be less inclined to follow someone’s work or invest in them if their stances appeared front and center in their work. Especially if those stances are filled with hate, bigotry or discrimination. For instance, I know that the science fiction writer Orson Scott Card is a Mormon and anti-gay; however, he does not put his religion and political stance into his science fiction. I am still able to read and enjoy his brilliance. I also know that Prince had issues with homosexuality (although he never came out as being anti-gay), but he never put that into his music.

So while my initial response is no because I believe everyone is entitled to their opinions and to express those opinions through their ‘art’, there are circumstances where I would not support some ‘artists’.

How about you, dear readers? Are their circumstances where you will not support some ‘artists’? Share with me in comments.

Note: I have put art and artists in quotes to distinguish all arts and not just painters or scultpters.

 

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4 Comments
  1. While I can’t think of any examples, my support of an artist could be influenced by their political stance.

    • Thanks for sharing your thoughts with me, Lori. It is definitely a tough question to answer 🙂 Have a blessed Sunday!

  2. Wow this is a deep question. There are some things that are so heartbreakingly beautiful that I need to look at or read to inspire me but the list is short.
    I do believe the only way we can stand up and be counted is by voting with our feet. When you take away what people want, for a good reason maybe they would have to justify their beliefs. I have changed bank accounts because I discovered that they were giving donations to a political party. I have in the past refused to buy things from particular countries that have in my opinion badly treated their people. There are many examples but at some stage we need to stand up for what we believe. Life is never black & white and every story has two sides.
    Do what feels right, try not to feed the bad stuff, it grows like a poisoned mould.

    • Thanks for sharing, Steph. Yeah, there have been a few things I’ve refused to purchase because of where it has come from.. I try to stay away from anything that directly promotes hate or discrimination or crimes against people/animals. I agree, that bad stuff does spread like a mad virus.

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