"Good dudes" is not a valid reason to like a band if they don’t have any other redeeming qualities.
what about bands that rule musically but are dickheads in person? cuz that ruins bands…
If one wishes to deny oneself the enjoyment of otherwise good art on the basis of some personal experience/grievance/conflicting viewpoint then go for it but at least recognize that any correlation between the two is purely fabricated and one’s assessment of said art isn’t totally honest which does sort of a disservice to its creator
At the same token, the idea of buying a Burzum record and knowing some of that money is going into Varg’s pockets really bothers me. I think it’s important to note the difference between “dickhead” and “might use your money to further fund the spread of violent ideals.”
True but maybe the dude who just rang you up at Taco Bell funnels his paychecks into some questionable shit. At that point it’s out of your hands. Every monetary transaction could potentially “enable” something you disagree with and at that point we’re talking economics, not artistic merit.
yeah but like there’s a difference between buying something from someone and having no idea what their views are, and buying something from someone who you KNOW is a bigoted or violent person.
i’m not saying that someone’s personal actions affect the quality of the art itself, but it certainly affects whether folks should support that artist or not. how are you gonna KNOWINGLY give your financial support to someone who is homophobic, or racist, or a murderer, or a rapist?
i can separate the art from the artist to an extent- i can enjoy the music of someone who i know is shitty. but i refuse to promote and support shitty people, regardless of the quality of what they make. after all, what is art without context?
The cash flow of it makes the whole issue tricky for sure. But, that wasn’t really the point of the original conversation.
But let’s be honest here, most posers who throw around, ” but they’re shitty dudes”, are using the one time that band indirectly mocked their favorite band or didn’t thank you sincerely enough when you passingly said, “good set”, as grounds for being such terrible people. It’s okay if you don’t really like music and just want to be at the party but don’t lie about it because you don’t actually know the definition of “pretentious”.