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Old 04-30-2014, 10:21 AM   #2
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The life of an out-and-out celebrity seems hellish to me. The recent Star Wars threads here have made me feel sorry for George Lucas- that poor guy gets a whole lot of shit, and all he did is make some movies that didn't live up to fans' exorbitant hopes. If I make something that isn't as good as the thing I made previously, nobody much cares and I can quietly destroy the evidence and move on.

As far as watching your words, I'm of two minds about that. Certainly, being circumspect and not offending any part of your fan base is wisest from a business standpoint. But you shouldn't have to hide your opinions; if you are ashamed of your opinions, change them, otherwise, own them, consequences be damned.

Card believes what he believes and stands behind it. I totally disagree with his stance, and find it hard to understand how someone who has written so convincingly about being an outsider and fighting for acceptance could turn around and support exclusion and discrimination- but I still have more respect for someone like him who comes out and states his beliefs than for a "behind closed doors" bigot.

That's what makes me leery of making purchases based on my perception of a creator's beliefs, politics, personality, behavior, etc. I'm not going to do background research to find out what some creator believes or what causes he supports or how much of a jerk he is before spending my money. Card has been called out very publicly, but for all I know Creator X, whose beliefs have not been made public, may funnel all his profits to Al Qaeda, or kick blind orphans for fun. So what am I, as a consumer, to do?

I realize you're talking about how creators should behave, rather than how consumers should respond to creators' behavior, but it just got me thinking about this. After all, I don't have to worry too much about becoming a celebrity myself. It ain't gonna happen.
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