Woody Allen, Daniel Tosh, R. Kelly, and Bill Cosby: Does Separating Art from Artist Perpetuate Violence Against Women?
It probably goes without saying that all of us in the academic world are free-speech absolutists.
But what is our responsibility if we enjoy—or fail to speak out about—the troubling themes in an artist’s work? If we revel in Woody Allen’s films, are we silencing the stepdaughter who charges him with sexual assault? If we laugh at Daniel Tosh’s or Bill Cosby's stand-up acts, are we condoning rape? If we dance to R. Kelly’s super-heated grooves, are we negating his long, public record of sexual transgressions? And can we applaud Jian Ghomeshi's feminist comments on the radio without condemning his misogynistic behavior in private?
As art critics and art lovers, can we ever really separate the art from the artist? And, perhaps more importantly, should we?
Join the hosts of WBEZ’s Sound Opinions, nationally respected rock critics Jim DeRogatis and Greg Kot, as they lead a discussion on this timely issue. Jim and Greg have more than 40 years of combined experience covering the music industry and their Sound Opinions radio show broadcasts to more than 120 radio stations across the country.