The ruin of the Second Temple marks a key point in the history of the world. Not only was the Jewish people exiled from the land of Israel, the Jews also lost their war against self-centeredness. For the first time since its inception, the tenet, “Love your neighbor as yourself,” was not the guiding rule within the nation. Jews still had high regard for unity, as they still do to this day, but they began to use it to gain self-centered purposes instead of as a means for correction of the ego and as an asset to be passed on to all mankind.
I disagree. What the author failed to incorporate into the argument is the element of my paying to support a person whom I strongly disagree with or, more importantly, who has used their credibility and fame, be it artistic or political, to the detriment or pain to me. If an artist is actively seeking to hurt an entire group of people, they don’t deserve the credibility and they don’t deserve the blind support from their targeted group. Woody Allen and Michael Jackson are not in this category, Adolph Hitler is. It’s clear to me that people like Budd Schulberg, as well as people like Mel Gibson and Eddie Murphy, and countless other homophobic, racist, anti-simetic, and misogynistic artists do not deserve their credibility. It’s our duty as a cultured and humane society to highlight their internal flaws in recognition of the pain they have caused to others. Although it doesn’t take anything away from their art, it does better represent their real and true humanity, culture, and compassion. Beauty, and art, is in the eye of the beholder – even when that eye has been spat upon. However, I can’t fathom to think that in that spat-upon eye, what they now see is still beautiful. I refuse to pay for their ignorance.