I Would Do Anything For Love (of Music), But I Won't Do That!
We are music fans, we care deeply about music and some of us care deeply about the people behind the music, but when does someone's actions overshadow their artistical output?
Something happened within our community recently. Someone lied, someone turned out to be a criminal, someone had been found guilty by the law of somenasty things. That person will remain nameless because his punishment is to be swallowed by the sands of time, forgotten, every trace of him and his music gone. When word broke of what had happened radio stations removed the songs from rotations, blogs removed their posts, fans threw away the cds and tshirts. Gone.
So what makes a fan give up on a band, disown them?
I'll give you an example: I grew up on Guns N'Roses, Axl is quite clearly a horrible mysoginist and few things annoy me more than women being mistreated. Yet I never turned my back on them.
Pantera, one of the best metal bands ever, it turns out that Phil is a racist scumbag, I still think he's one of the best metal vocalists ever. Their music is tainted now though, everytime I hear it I think: "ugh, if only he wasn't a racist nutjob".
Within our scene there has been the Whirr controversy. Dropped by their label for their transphobic comments. Think what you want of it but the internet didn't take too kindly to it.
So basically the question Noise Artists is asking is what would make you stop listening to your fave band?
And here are some very interesting answers: