Mel Gibson, Lindsay Lohan, Roman Polanski, Oliver Stone: Can you separate the art from the artist?

Jul 30, 2010

Wow! What do you do with these high powered figures in Hollywood? Roman Polanski managed to duck extradition on a rape charge, Oliver Stone’s been accused of anti-Semitism, and Mel Gibson and Lindsay … well, what else can you say about Mel Gibson and Lindsay Lohan? So here’s a conundrum… when you watch a re-run of Lethal Weapon on late night TV, can you still enjoy it, or do you find thoughts of Gibson’s bad behavior creeping into your mind? When you watch The Parent Trap, is your brain filled with images of Lohan’s mug shot? Will you change the channel? Will you still go see their movies in a theater? In other words, can you separate the performers from the performance?

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