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The morality of owning/buying art

Ok. This title sounds little ominous or esoteric, but if you like a song, do you hesitate to buy it if the lyrics are offensive? For example, I love the Beatles, but John wrote the dreadful and sickening song Run for your Life with lyrics like: "I'd rather see you dead, little girl, than to be with another man ... you better run for your life ..." and this song is on the Rubber Soul album. I love this album and I own it, but I wish I could erase this song off the cd. Is it immoral to help an artist make money off of something offensive and that promotes violence? Does it matter if you buy it used so the artist makes no direct money off of it?

Other examples that might come up for discussion in other musical styles would be some of eminem's stuff or Lynyrd Skynyrd's.

Or maybe we could talk about paintings/sculptures or other artistic endeavor. In movies we could talk about Hitler's war propoganda movies, or one of the movies that made the AFI top 100 (#44): The Birth of a Nation-- which I've heard portrays the Klan in a positive light (haven't seen it myself, I'm just trying to illustrate the point).

Do you think about this at all?

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