The sexual abuse/harrassment discussion got me thinking about this topic. I think it's an old topic that has gone round and round for as long as we've had artistic endeavours, but can art be separated from its maker?
Kevin Spacey is who I was thinking of. Looks like he might be a predatory paedophile and sexpest'* So, with this knowledge, would that make the films he has starred in in the past suddenly bad/unwatchable flms? Some films where he has starred/ had leading roles include:The Usual Suspects, American Beauty, Glengarry Glen Ross, Se7en, Moon, Babydriver and many more, not to mention things like The House of Cards.
I regard some of these films as among the top films of the last few decades. Are they now suddenly off limits?
I have read a lot of JG Ballard's work in the past, and regard it as fantastic, inventive literature. When I heard he was going to be interviewed on the radio, I was excited and made a point to tune in (I think when he published Super Canne). Imagine my disapointment to discover he came across ads a curmudgeonly, turgid, reactionary man. Does that make his books less inventive and entertaining?
Will you watch a Kevin Spacey film again? Did you watch and enjoy Babydriver? If Se7en, or the Usual Suspects were on telly, would you sit and watch it?
* Allegedly - nothing is proven yet.