How do you interact with art when you learn things about the artist that are uncomfortable? How do you consume a product when you learn things about the producer that are disappointing? This isn’t the first time I’ve pondered these questions, and it won’t be the last.
Of course, I don’t think there are any easy answers on this; in order to reject the work of anyone who ever made a mistake or held a hurtful belief, we’d have to completely isolate ourselves – far more completely than anyone’s been doing even in the midst of this pandemic. On the other hand, there are some acts so disgusting that I can’t bring myself to enjoy anything else wrought by their perpetrators. I don’t have any interest in ever watching The Cosby Show again, for instance.
So where do you draw the line, and how do you do it? Is it even a hard line, or is it more of a gradient? I don’t have the answers.
But I do know that you have my support and respect in expressing your gender identity in whatever ways are authentic to you. As someone who’s spent quite a bit of time immersed in J. K. Rowling’s work (and other derivative works), I choose to honor its best themes and messages, not her disappointing views on trans identities.
More renders and project updates to come, but it wouldn’t feel right just ignoring this issue in this blog, of all places.