Like most of us with a lean toward the right, the Spawn is having to learn to compartmentalize, especially as regards matters of entertainment. She’s having to separate the dance (the popular culture she enjoys) from the dancers (the creators who regard her beliefs and opinions as benighted or evil.) And as I’ve noted in the past, as a writer, reader, and rock musician, if I couldn’t make that separation, I wouldn’t be able to watch anything but the relative meritocracy of sports.
Our current example is multimedia creator Joss Whedon. The Spawn very much enjoys Whedon’s work, from Buffy to his recent film, Cabin in the Woods. However, Mr. Whedon recently released a mock endorsement of Mitt Romney, where he attempts to work a “Modest Proposal” schtick by claiming a Romney win would facilitate a zombie apocalypse. The “bright side” of this would be a decrease in population, an opportunity for “ungoverned corporate privilege”, and an atomistic America where we can “stop pretending we care about each other.” (Of course, our ever-vigilant Gormogons and their minions have already noted that the zombie scourge is quite manageable.)
Well, Kevin D. Williamson at NRO rebuts Mr. Whedon (in the course of an indictment of folks who take advice from song-and-dance men and women), and in the process brings us our QotD:
Romney, whatever else you think about him, is somebody who has fed the hungry, clothed the naked, and visited the sick. In Mr. Whedon’s view of the world, none of that dirty-handed business is necessary: All that is necessary is that one cast a symbolic vote for the man who promises to care, and to express that care by expropriating money from people you don’t like and giving it to people for whom you have a moral concern that is at best theoretical.
Or as Samuel Johnson observed (and as I have previously discussed), “They pay you by feeling.”
So as I said, the Spawn is learning to make the divorce between artists and their art, a valuable (if sometimes uncomfortable) lesson. But I’m not sure she quite has it down yet, as she recently expressed her hope for a Romney victory, “because it will make the people on my Tumblr feed cry.” We’ll need to work a bit on the schadenfreude thing, I guess, but we’re getting there.