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I’m still personally trying to understand why I don’t watch Polanski out of moral reasons but still listen to Phil Spector’s music. Maybe it’s because Spector is clearly insane and has been for years and people tolerated it because of his level of success, even when he was regularly pointing guns at people (even The Ramones!). Maybe it’s because a great deal of my life has been influenced by his work, and it’s hard to just let go of something as amazing as The Ronettes. I don’t know.

I don’t think I’ve actively stopped following a creator because of moral reasons, though. Declining talent, sure. I was upset to find out that Tim O’Brien and Junot Diaz are huge leches, but that’s not totally a dealbreaker for me. I saw a couple Polanski films when I was younger before I really knew about what he did, but I never followed him. I got rid of my copy of Jeepers Creepers when I found out about Victor Salva’s molestation conviction – and man, when you watch the Jeepers Creepers movies knowing that, they’re very obviously about sexual predation of young in a way that makes me wonder why anybody allowed those films to be made by him.

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I should say, though, that I’m giving serious consideration to discontinuing any support of the creators involved in Before Watchmen. Moore may be pretentious and kinda crazy, but I think he got the shaft, and these creators are seriously undermining their own rights and reputation by being involved in such a disgusting cash-in product.

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“Moore may be pretentious and kinda crazy, but I think he got the shaft, and these creators are seriously undermining their own rights and reputation by being involved in such a disgusting cash-in product.”

Eh, with this stuff I find myself in the somewhat untenable position of not wanting to judge what I haven’t read yet not really wanting to read it one bit.

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Niles Day said on August 29th, 2012 at 8:44 pm

How is Junot Diaz a leech?

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Was looking at old posts, came across this one, and was glad to see that I not only wasn’t the only one who could lose interest in reading work by a certain creator for these kinds of reasons, but also that I didn’t need to specify Peter David because he’s already been brought up here.

Scans Daily wasn’t what originally soured me on him, though. It reinforced what I’d already decided about him (specifically, that he can be a pretty big jackass), but the thing that originally soured me on him was his stance on Israel, which basically boils down to “They have a right to defend themselves, and so what if that means non-Israelis get blown up because those non-Israelis were probably bad people anyway, and those idiots on that flotilla shouldn’t have tried to break the blockade because THEY WERE WARNED bad things would happen if they did so it’s their own damn fault they got shot…” etc.

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