Discussion around separating 'art' from 'artist' is something that springs quite a bit - especially in the SF/F community. I have a lot of theories on why that's so:
- we've got an academic fan tradition, and like to overanalyse context;
- we're a tight-knit community and live in one another's pockets;
- social media makes it so dirty laundry is everyone;
- our particular blend of escapism often stems from creative people outside of traditional social norms;
- we sure have an awful lot of assholes writing in our genres
Take your pick. But whatever the underlying context, the ultimate question is still the same for each reader: if you don't like the author - personally or politically - do you still read them? Can you separate the author from the work? Should you? Discuss, ad infinitum.
I'm interested in how people answer this question quantitatively. Are readers more likely to separate art and artist than everyone else? And what about genre readers? Are we more or less likely to read books by people we disagree with?