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  •  This... a thousand times this (3+ / 0-)
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    wildweasels, TrueBlueMajority, kyril

    I couldn't have said it better myself.

    If we let the bigoted opinions of artists stop us from buying their work, even if the work itself does not forward that type of bigoted thinking, then we are depriving ourselves of a thing of beauty for no other reason than pettiness.

    Beyond that, when we 'punish' an author by not viewing a movie made based on their work then we are also punishing the hundreds of people who worked very hard to make that movie come together. Most of those people do not share OSC's views.

    •  Meh (2+ / 0-)
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      caul, Dirtandiron

      Even separating the artist from the work, the fact is that we all need some way to decide which of the flood of books, etc, is worth our time.

      I'm reminded of the story that the astronaut program came up with all sorts of tests of no evident relevance (e.g. see who would hold their feet in ice water the longest) because they simply had too many qualified candidates. Think of "author isn't an asshole" as my ice-water test.

      On the Internet, nobody knows if you're a dog... but everybody knows if you're a jackass.

      by stevemb on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 05:04:41 AM PDT

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    •  Since when is the concern over human rights (2+ / 0-)
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      stevemb, Dirtandiron

      "Pettiness"?

      Is it courageous to propose tax cuts but not identify a single tax expenditure to rein in? Is it courageous to target your deepest cuts on the poorest Americans, who vote in lower numbers and provide little in campaign contributions?

      by caul on Tue Aug 20, 2013 at 06:11:03 AM PDT

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