Last week, as I sat in my directing class, an interesting point got brought up.
It was whether a person’s talent makes up for their moral flaws, such as racism, abuse against their partner, and even pedophilia.
The talented people called into question were actor and director, Mel Gibson, director Roman Polanski, and singer Chris Brown.
After giving the issue much thought, I’ve come to the solid conclusion that if the said talent has not given a sincere apology for the “crimes” they have committed I think that to a certain extent they should be ostracized at least in the same way a normal person who committed these acts would be.
I think the biggest reason why it’s so important that these people get treated the same way that anyone else would in their situation is because of the sphere of influence they possess.
The fact that so many of these actors and athletes have gotten off so easily only instills in the young minds they affect that their behavior is not only acceptable, but honorable if these great stars can get away with it.
Because if these talented people can get away with it, why can’t they?
One classmate argued that he wouldn’t suffer for their mistakes by not allowing himself to enjoy their influential art.
But there are other ways to watch or listen to their works that don’t involve any sort of purchasing options that they will benefit from.
I feel I should mention as well, that there are hundreds of other artists that have found a way to both put out creative and influential works, while simultaneously being if not good, but decent human beings.
Why not focus our energy on their body of work?
I think it all comes down to the difficulty in separating an incredibly good quality of a unique talent or outlook with all of the negative ones these stars possess.
But with that being said, it is critical that we do so.
This story first appeared in the October 5, 2017 issue of The Vantage.