Should the Author Be Separate From The Work?

So, I decided to make this post discussing if the author should be separate from their work. In other words, should we judge a piece of work by the controversy surrounding them. I have mixed feelings about this.

I feel like if the author is a hateful person, as in racist, sexist, etc., then they should be connected with their work. With something like that, it’s tough for someone to write a book that doesn’t come off as hateful, even if they don’t mean for it to be. Everyone is entitled to their opinion but there’s a limit to that. When you’re bullying other people because of their race or their sexual orientation rather than the kind of person they are, that’s wrong. But that’s a whole different argument. I just feel like, if you’re a hateful person then that will rub off on your work and I wouldn’t want to support that.

But on the other hand, I know that their are people that refuse to read certain authors because of copyright issues that author was having. I feel like that should be separate from the work. I mean, obviously the piece of work that was a part of the issue should be taken off the shelf just because I wouldn’t want to give money to an author who stole the idea from another author who is trying just as hard as the thieving author. But that doesn’t mean that every book they wrote was stolen. They can still be a good author with their own ideas.

Those are my thoughts on this subject. Not too many, I know. Let me know your thoughts below! Just please stay civil in the comment section. Thank you!

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