“An artist’s personal and/or moral failure has no bearing on his or her ability to do a job (singing, acting, etc.)” – an argument lent by many-a-diehard fan of stars embattled in scandals.
From the most recent controversies surrounding songstress Ariana Grande and entertainer Bill Cosby to King of Pop Michael Jackson and King of R&B R. Kelly, some of entertainment’s most celebrated faces have found themselves royally discharged by even their staunchest supporters after news broke of their involvement in an illegal or immoral dealing.
And, while some careers suffer temporary setbacks while others see more permanent mar, the truth remains: many of these offenders commit infractions that in no way changes their ability to perform nor does it negate any of their professional achievements to date.
As such, it begs the question: how much should personal decisions affect one’s professional dealings?
The truth of the matter is this: celebrities are people. Despite being unwillingly thrust into the position of “role model,” it’s been proven time and time again that many of them are not suited for the part. Actors like Bill Cosby portray lovable characters on film and television, but – as a result of their convincing performances – become prisoner to that image off screen. Singers like Ariana Grande – who has been swamped with rumors of diva behavior – uphold the “cute & bubbly” persona until they unknowingly get that bubble burst.
But, even if the likes of Cosby or Grande have multiple demonstrations of poor personality, they’ve exceeded it multiple times with superior demonstrations of talent. And,it’s “talent,” not their personalities, that served as the actual vehicle that drove them to fame.
Insert Janet Jackson, Chris Brown, R. Kelly, Cosby, and other figures of recent pop culture history who found themselves on the wrong side of its appreciation. While their errors should by no means be taken lightly, and in some cases are unforgivable, one thing that cannot be taken from them are their professional achievements (see: records sold, impact, etc.).
As such, is it fair to undermine their accomplishments by removing statues built or buildings named in their honor and/or remove all positive association from the person? Especially when this response is based on allegation and not proven fact?
Weigh in and tell us: is there a limit of punishment for celebrities who commit legal or moral crimes?
If your favorite celebrity was embroiled in a controversy right now, would you stop supporting them?