What If Mel Gibson's Next Movie Is Great?

By Eleanor Barkhorn

After more of his crazed rants surfaced this month, Mel Gibson is officially in the Hollywood doghouse: his agency dropped him, and (former) fans are calling for a boycott of his work. But Salon asks if we're really obligated to shun Gibson for his racism, anti-Semitism, sexism, and homophobia, if his movies don't reflect these views:

It's one thing to avoid works we find offensive, to decide that an Eminem song or "The Killer Inside Me" is not where we're going to throw our money. But what about when the work doesn't directly relate to the messed-up person behind it? When artists do terrible things, are we uniformly obliged to, as Jezebel declared of Gibson Monday,  put them on "the Do Not Support List"?

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