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Morally complicated entertainment?
What are you seeing/listening to that you know might be supporting someone who isn't a good person?
It’s a conversation that comes up quite a bit - I’m actually more inclined to buy Michael Jackson’s music now that the money is going to support his heirs/creditors and not him - and I discussed it early on in this Substack in the post titled “On Loving Difficult Heroes.” But with the release of The Flash this weekend it’s come up again.
Ezra Miller is pretty well established as a bad person at this point, and yet if I want to be a person who keeps on top of the popular culture and is a part of the conversation I really should go check it out.
But I also wonder if I should financially support a film starring a known abuser of women. What helps mitigate the guilt is the knowledge that A) I’m using my AMC Stubs membership, which means I pay a blanket $25/month for three film tickets a week, and B) the movie is turning out to be a big flop that will probably be beyond saving, even if I did buy a ticket at a full LA price.
(An interesting fact buried in that article I linked to in the paragraph above is that most tickets being sold are at the AMC Burbank 16, most likely to industry pros who want to see how bad it is for themselves.)
My question for you all: What is your most recent morally complicated entertainment option?