I’ll admit, Frank Miller’s Occupy Wall Street tirade didn’t make me think much beyond “Well, I guess he really has become that cranky old reactionary that people have been stereotyping him as for years,” but the resulting uproar has me wondering where everyone’s line is for the old “I try not to let my opinion of the artist affect my opinion of the work” dichotomy.
I’ve seen a lot of people offering up variations on “Well, if that’s what Frank thinks, I can’t support his work anymore!” – which begs the question, “Did you somehow miss Holy Terror?” – but I’ll admit, there was nothing in the rant that made me think that his work was any lesser, especially his earlier work. There’re many, many creators who I feel like I wouldn’t like in person whose work I enjoy, and the reverse is also true: There are many creators whose work I don’t enjoy at all, whose interviews and the like I eagerly seek out because I enjoy their personalities. But the two are separate in my head, for some reason, and even if someone whose work I like says something exceptionally offensive, I’d still consider buying their next book if I liked their work. But am I a freak for that? Where is your line for cutting off creators – and what would make you reconsider that ban afterwards?