Lunchtime Poll

Lunchtime Poll: I Love You, But I Hate You

I was listening to a band on Spotify, when my spidey senses started tingling. Something in the words, in the attitude, was off.

Sure enough, when I looked them up, I found the problem. Though they weren’t directly speaking politics or social justice, they had a background of being against just about everything I endorsed. From there, I just couldn’t listen anymore.

Have you ever read a book, watched a movie, listened to music or followed an artist whose opinions grate your nerves? Do they become your guilty pleasures, or do you avoid them like the plague?

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10 replies on “Lunchtime Poll: I Love You, But I Hate You”

Ugh, Orson Scott Card. I adore Ender’s Game and it has been one of my favorite books for years, but it makes me sick to think about how much of a fuckwad the author is. I already own the book, so I content myself with never giving him any of my money ever again.

Orson Scott Card was one of the main people I thought of when I was writing this. I don’t read as much so it’s mostly music I think of, but he’s kind of that example that everyone uses as an example of ‘what not to do’, lol. And yes! I always feel like I don’t want to give them a cent. And the opposite is true, I want to support people who support what I support.

I came across one very questionable phrase in Stephen Fry’s autobiography (he said everyone should be free to love anyone, regardless of sex or age – if it’s not clear already, it’s the age bit I object to!!!), and haven’t been able to completely trust the man since. Which sucks, because I admire him in every other way.
Apart from that, I cringe everytime someone says something religious. Bad in people, worse in musicians.

I had a similar moment when I read Tina Fey’s “Bossypants.” Sometimes she says things about race that as a woman of color, I cannot really get behind. There was a line about unreasonable body expectations, that played off of racialized stereotypes of “desireable” body parts, which just made me cringe. I respect what she does, but sometimes I’m not sure what to do with her humor, if that makes any sense.

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