An update on a previous review.
Earlier this week, I learned that the author of book 1 in this year's series is transphobic. I've put a note linking to this post at the top of the review, and because I had more to say about it, and on finding out that something you love was created by someone with hateful views, I wrote a full post here.
To start: in this discussion, I mean art we've enjoyed before we knew the artist is problematic, like riding along on an adventure with Harry Potter before J.K. Rowling started spouting transphobic views, or laughing at The Cosby Show before knowing what he did to women, or even learning something interesting from an early Dr. Oz show before realizing he's a crank. What I don't mean is seeing that an actor has been arrested for beating his wife and then saying "yes I need to give this man more of my money!" It's about realizing something that brought you joy was created by someone who is also terrible.
The place I've landed on is that finding out the artist is a bigot/transphobic/domestic abuser doesn't erase the experience their art brought you, but it doesn't mean you continue to support that person. For example: J.K. Rowling's campaign against transgender people doesn't mean that my memory of rushing directly from a flight home from college right to the movie theater to see a Harry Potter movie with my parents is tainted. But do I need to buy any more of her books? No. I've said I would never go to the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, but what if my nephews are in town to go the Harry Potter exhibit currently in Philadelphia? Would I go? I don't think so, but I don't know - and I still went to Walt Disney World despite them having a Johnny Depp animatronic on the Pirates of the Caribbean ride.
See how tied up it all gets?
The TV show The Good Place, where the goodness of someone's life is determined by a points system, showed how futile it is to try to be 100% good, using the example of buying a tomato: