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Sun Aug 21, 2016, 01:58 PM

18. I can condemn his anti-semitic crap and still recognize his right to make art

 

as he wishes. Hell, Ezra Pound was anti-Semitic, pro-fascist leading up to and throughout WWII where he openly supported Mussolini and Hitler (he was living in Italy) and did pro-Axis broadcasts until Italy fell and he was arrested for treason. He was still a good poet.

You can read about it here:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Pound#Turn_to_fascism.2C_World_War_II

For that matter, one of my favorite poets, T.S. Eliot reflected some ugly anti-Semitism in a few of his poems. He's still one of the greatest poets of all time, imho.

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2003/jun/07/poetry.thomasstearnseliot

Honestly, I don't believe you're thinking this through. OK, you have a strong antipathy toward Stone. Fine. But art (and movie making is an art) isn't reporting- unless it's a documentary. Stone doesn't make documentaries. He tells stories.

If I'd never read or watched or viewed work by artists who were bigoted or just unpleasant people, I would have missed a great deal indeed.

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