KQED's radio show, Forum, recently addressed this topic, and explores how the controversy surrounding Woody Allen has been reflected in his films. KQED Arts bloggers also weighed in, sharing our opinions and specific examples of artists who have come under fire for controversial behavior. Have a read (and a listen) then let us know what you think. Do you still love Chris Brown's music even though he was accused of abusing Rhianna? Do Justin Bieber's recent run-ins with the law affect how you feel about his work? What about Woody Allen? Are there any songs, films, or other artworks that you loved until you learned more about their creators' misdeeds?
KQED Forum segment Can You Separate Art From the Artist?
Woody Allen's adopted daughter Dylan Farrow recently accused him, in a New York Times op-ed, of sexually abusing her when she was a child. The Academy Award-winning director has denied the charges, but the incident raises an age-old question that's dogged artists ranging from Mozart to Michael Jackson. Should we take an artists' personal conduct into account when we judge their work?
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KQED Arts post From Woody Allen to J.D. Salinger to R. Kelly: Can You Separate Art from the Artist?
Recent resurfacing of controversy surrounding Woody Allen has made us -- and many others -- consider whether an artist's work can be separated from his or her personal life or public reputation. This subject has long been debated -- from James Brown to Roman Polanski to Michael Jackson. It is difficult to untangle public perception of an artist from the meaning we, as hungry consumers, attach to a singular work of art. But if we have a hard time separating our own relationship and context from a work of art, then doesn't it make sense to consider how that work is inherently influenced by the life experiences of its maker?