Politics has reared its ugly head again on the blogs. I just wish people would save it for the dinner table instead of spilling it out onto Facebook and onto the crime fiction blogs, where it doesn’t belong. I wrote about this over a year ago, and here it is again. I guess this will be an annual post of mine.
I’ve been following the “People vs Frank Miller” inquisition with interest. I have to admit I’ve never read anything by either Miller or Alan Moore. I saw the movie of SIN CITY years ago, and I didn’t particularly care for it, but that’s as close as I’ve come to any familiarity with either writer.
Having said that, I think it’s ridiculous to trash a fellow author and his work on the basis of his politics, which is exactly what this is all about. Miller made a few comments about the occupiers (which should have been confined to his dinner table) that were unpopular. Okay, you disagree. Maybe I do, too. But in the wake of these comments has come a torrent of rage and piling on that’s out of control and totally unjustified. About the only reaction I haven’t seen is demanding the death penalty for Miller, although they’ve certainly demanded it for his work.
I routinely buy books by authors whose politics are not in line with mine. All I care about is what’s on the page, and does it make me want to find out what’s on the next page. I don’t give a shit how the author feels about the trade deficit or the capital gains tax.
A lot of creative people in the past have espoused unpopular points of view. Artists are by nature contrarian. What else is new?
Who among us can say that we conform perfectly to the opinions of our times?
Who among us can say that someone with “forbidden” political views is unwelcome in the world of crime fiction?
Who among us can say we will ONLY read the work of those whose politics we agree with?
I loved Chinatown. I loved the Thriller album. I still do, even after learning that Roman Polanski and Michael Jackson were probably child rapists.
Cutting oneself off from artists who think differently is never a good idea. Because who knows where that kind of thinking might lead?