The Art vs. The Artist – What Should We Do About Films that Include Sexual Offenders?

Nick Kush

A current college student, Nick founded MovieBabble in October of 2016. As a film critic, he offers content that is meant to entertain as well as educate. He fell in love with film after first seeing Forrest Gump and has been hooked ever since.

20 Responses

  1. Do nothing with the movie just punish the offender. It wasn’t the movie itself that did it.

    • Nick Kush says:

      Unfortunately, I fear that many will get mad at the movie as whole, even if it isn’t right

      • They always do. I mean they pull say house of cards, just change the actor in it write off spaces character (kill him off in some HORRIBLE manner at least for his real life victims sakes. same with whats his face. Frankly I’m sick of hearing it. I worked at a lumber yard for 11 1/2 years. I always got harassed in ore ways than one, but did I boo hoo like these girls do? NO I I’d punch the guy or kick him in the groin or grab his hand and twist it. I am a lady most of the time but these so called neo feminists need to stop complaining about all the crap they do (frankly I’m surprised they haven’t complained about a certain one of those commercials with flo in them where the guy says men are talking…. I don’t offend easily but for me to get pissed off about it.. THAT’S when the feminists should be Bitching and moaning about something.

        Frankly if they aren’t going to fight back BEFORE being felt up etc… hey need to shut up about the pay rate amount of decent female roles etc.

      • Nick Kush says:

        I think the normal person probably isn’t as physically strong as you make yourself out to be. So instead of giving a guy a kick, they do something that they feel is more effective to the situation and speak out instead. I don’t know, I don’t want to mansplain things that I could never fully understand, but I feel like everyone has a different way of dealing with similar adversity.

  2. dons131 says:

    Such a difficult situation to talk about but so true. When I found out about the allegations with such actors/artists it really does make you look at their work in a different light and almost makes you feel guilty for liking their films/performances. I went to see a Louis C.K performance in New York last year and thought him hilarious with his racy jokes and now…I find it very difficult to listen to any of it….but I still like the jokes…hmmm. Obviously what they have done is very wrong but am I a bad person for still liking/enjoying their previous work?

    • Nick Kush says:

      I don’t think you’re a bad person! In time, I’ll probably go back and watch some of Louis CK’s stuff too. Ultimately, I think it comes down to whatever you’re comfortable with!

  3. This is a very interesting discussion and post, great job!

    Yeah, all these accusations coming out leave us, the regular audience, in a bit of a “I don’t know what to do” situation. I guess for me, I try my best to separate between the art and the artist, as I try to do with all celebrities. It might be hard, but I just do my best that I can.

    • Nick Kush says:

      That’s the way I feel as well. It’s certainly a difficult task in some cases, but it seems a little unfair to punish hundreds of workers for the act of one man

  4. Aimer Boyz says:

    Intriguing question.

    Do I turn the channel the next time American Beauty airs? Or Pay It Forward, or Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil? Probably not, those movies are master pieces.

    If Spacey finds his way into a movie two years from now, would I see it? Hummm…

    Can’t look at Mel Gibson, though 🙂

    • Nick Kush says:

      It’s certainly a curious topic, especially for people that are actually on screen. You’re mind ultimately jumps to who they are as a person in some cases, even if it doesn’t matter to the film

  5. ghostof82 says:

    You can’t rewrite history, or blank out old movies, for political correctness or revisionary judgement of individuals. Do we stop watching the POTC films because Depp allegedly beat up his wife? I’m sorry, I don’t want to belittle the importance of these sex charges etc. I’m sure many films in the past were made by and starred utter bastards. But should the films stand apart from that? Should we feel we condone their actions by watching their movies?

    Here in the UK, the BBC has over the last several years been repeating a popular pop show that ran for decades. Some of the music DJs who presented it back in the 1970s and 1980s were later involved in terrible sexual harassment and child abuse scandals. Those particular episodes that they presented are not being aired, shelved forever. It’s like those individuals and any program they were involved in have been written off the face of history. Maybe this is right and deserved but it seems a cautionary example- where do we draw the line? If we find out someone involved in Ben Hur or even Star Wars was involved in terrible crimes like this, does that mean the films should be expunged from the public record completely?

    • Nick Kush says:

      I couldn’t tell you the answer to that question. In fact, whatever you choose to believe is entirely up to you! Like I said in the article, in the end, it’s up to the individual

  6. Wow! Truly insightful. It will certainly be almost impossible letting go of some of these names and their legacies. I am so full of mixed feelings. As for now, this is going to be my Food for thought

  7. Silksache't says:

    i concur with everything said here, i would love to share this on my blog, is that ok??

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