The other day, I read an article here on Medium by someone I’ve been following for a while.
When I finished reading it, I opened this person’s profile page on another tab and clicked the Twitter icon to check out their Twitter.
I immediately followed this person, but within the first few tweets and retweets on their timeline, I realized they were a Trump advocate. And they weren’t afraid to show it.
Without thinking twice about it, I unfollowed them and exited the tab. I was back on their story.
It was a great piece! There was some helpful advice, and I got a lot of value from it. But now I had this new information, and I didn’t know if I wanted to clap for it or not.
It’s one thing to unfollow someone on Twitter, but Medium is different. I didn’t want to see the hate they were retweeting on my timeline, so it made sense to unfollow them.
But on Medium, they don’t cover politics. They write about personal development and give damn good advice.
But did I want to help someone who, based on one of their retweets, doesn’t support the LGBT community? A community I’m a part of?
Do I want to support someone who believes in what Trump is doing with our country?
Let’s take it a step further.
Say I clapped for this person’s article and gave them part of my money because of that. What if they donate some of that money to an anti-LGBT or pro-Trump cause?
I don’t want to help this person sustain those causes.
Am I too sensitive?
Should I be able to separate what someone creates from what they believe — especially because they’ve added value to my life?
While Republicans piss me off, I know they don’t all have the same beliefs. Not all Republicans agree with every one of Trump’s moves or are racist and homophobic.
I can have a conversation with a Republican, or with anyone who has different views from me, as long as we don’t touch the topics we have different opinions on.
So, I’ll think maybe I am too sensitive. But another part of me knows if they oppose something that affects me, or someone or something I care about deeply, that changes things.
That leads to the question: If I can talk to someone with different points of view as long as we don’t cover that topic, should be I able to separate someone’s art from their beliefs?
My answer? I don’t know.
Maybe it depends
Is the problem too big, or is it something I can glance over? Should I be glancing over it in the first place, or should I shun them?
I don’t know if I should be able to sever art from politics.
Some people might respond to do whatever I want. Others will strongly believe I shouldn’t separate the two, and others might tell me to suck it up because we all have different views.
So, I don’t want an answer because no one has it. Whatever you tell me will be another form of opinion.
But to answer my question — what do you do when your favorite creators support trump? — perhaps it depends on the opinion, how bad I think it is, and what I value.
But maybe we’ll never really have an answer.