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If you are/were a Mac Demarco fan, you’ve more than likely caught wind of his recent scandal. An attendee of  his Manchester Roadhouse gig on May 17th, 2013 made a tumblr post giving an overview of his performance, which included him making a rape joke. I don’t know why this post is just now coming to light seeing as it was published 11 months ago, but it has, and people are ANGRY. I’ve seen a video of someone throwing one of his records on the street and running over it with their car, and many tweets expressing similar emotions. I’m not going to take the time to figure out if the lone source of the rape joke is credible, and that’s really beside the point, but the issue as a whole is definitely worth discussing.

This raised a big question for me: is it okay to keep supporting a person whose work you like after they say or do something you inherently disagree with?

Demarco’s sophomore album ‘2’ is one of my all-time favorites. It was one of the first records I got, and I absolutely love it. But when I recently went to go play it, I felt very conflicted. If I keep listening to his work, am I indirectly supporting his disrespectful words? Or is it okay to separate his person from his music and continue to enjoy his songs?

This isn’t the first time something like this has happened in music, of course. Nor is it the most severe offense- google R. Kelly if you’d like an example. But it’s problematic and offensive to many.

So, I’d like to know what you think. Is it okay to still be a fan of someone’s music even if they do something wrong or offensive? Let me know in the comments section.

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