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Do you care about an artist/writers personal views? 

1,540 deviants said Yes but even if our views clash, I'll enjoy their work anyway.
351 deviants said No I don't care, I'm only in it for the art/writing etc
140 deviants said Yes, if they don't align with my own views then I won't like their artwork/writing and I'll unfollow/unwatch them.
133 deviants said Other
75 deviants said I'd rather they didn't share their views.

Devious Comments

bitter-sweet-tragedy Featured By Owner 6 hours ago
It really depends. The author of the Ender series is a homophobic piece of scum, so I can't support him or give him my money. Just like I used to worship Lostprophets. Now we know Ian Watkins is one of the worst paedophiles in history I can't listen. However, I'm strongly atheist, yet many people I look up to are religious theists. If it's just beliefs like religion or politics I don't mind, but if your beliefs are harmful I will unfollow you and try to boycott you anyway possible.
Avishy Featured By Owner 12 hours ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I think dA is not only about art. We share here good and bad stuff along with our art. Also - what we feel and go through changes us in every aspect, including our art sooo yup. And well... I often faved fanarts of series I don't like at all, so different viewpoint doesn't bother me much : o but it also depends on a situation. If this awesome artist appeared to be super racist or homophobic - well that's kinda spreading hate and I don't want to help this artist then. As long as their viewpoint doesn't hurt anybody I'm fine c:
Wonder-Woof Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Student Filmographer
Well, it honestly depends? I don't mind supporting and following an artist with different views on, say, things like religion. I know we're all different and have different opinions, and we should all be able to voice them. Though, I will distance myself from inexcusable bigotry and people who are toxic and judgmental.
Otaku-Mom Featured By Owner 13 hours ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I care, but only a very little, about there personal views on things, unless it affects their work in a big way. Or if they are my friend, of course. :D
Roxas4ever Featured By Owner 14 hours ago
For me it depends how much their views inform that work in particular.  For example, Ralph Waldo Emerson was pretty sexist, and he didn't hide it, but I recall reading "The American Scholar" and finding it very interesting and informative.
DarkWolfFire Featured By Owner 14 hours ago  Student Traditional Artist
If an artist is willing to share, I enjoying getting to know the writer/artist/any-other-type better. I do know a lot of people, mainly here on dA that just don't care to share about their personal life online and that's fine too. If they do share, I don't really care if their views match mine, because everyone's different and those differences are one of the things that make art and being in an art community so great; you are never going to learn how to broaden your artistic view and what you are able to create without that.

Now if they support something like rape or abuse, I will stop following them, no matter how much I like their art/etc.. Or if they are needlessly rude against something (Like bashing). But I'm not going to stop following someone or anything because they ship a difference couple than me or have a different religion (my own religion is a bit unique).

There's that top where a person just being a terrible human being were I wouldn't want any part of that person in my life, even just to view their art. But personal views on life/family/religion (I keep using religion because that's usually a bit deal) are something different.

I love learning about people, especially if I admire their work. Like I have a twitter for actors/actresses that I like; they are artist too and I enjoy learning more about people. And maybe get an idea why they do what they do or how they do it.
jemenai Featured By Owner 18 hours ago
For the most part I'll enjoy their art even if the artists' personal/political/religious/etc views aren't the same as mine.  Art is art!  However, if the art itself goes against what I believe, I may like it less and less overall.  Not that I'll think it's bad quality, there are beautiful pieces of work that go way against what I believe, but the quality and talent behind it is amazing.
strange12girl Featured By Owner 20 hours ago
I said yes, even if my views clash I'd still enjoy their art, but this only holds true to a point. If they're a total jackoff and nothing but rude and nasty, then no, I won't follow. I don't need to agree with everyone about everything, but there's a civil way to do it. If you can't at least try to be civil, then you don't deserve my attention.
dawnpop Featured By Owner 22 hours ago  Student General Artist
Depends. If someone is a shitty person I find it hard to enjoy their art.
Maveart Featured By Owner 1 day ago
I do care about the artists personal opinions, but they in no way affect anything other than the satiation of my own curiousity. I just like seeing the different opinions, beliefs and perspectives of people. Hell, something that belief adds to the work, such as with yuumei.
kimyona123 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Vote for enjoying their artwork despite clashing views, because that resembles my opinion best.
However, it really depends on the situation. I have never stopped following an artist because of his/her opinion, but it might occur, if the views become, for example, the topic or theme of most of his/her artwork (such as e.g. comics supporting racism, rape or whatever).
But it really depends on the situation.
strange12girl Featured By Owner 20 hours ago
I agree with you kimyona, I have yet to stop following, but if they're trying to promote some topics that I'm uncomfortable with, then I would.
GavinMichelli Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
Everyone's entitled to an opinion, and voicing that opinion every once in a while isn't going to affect my watching, as long as they're not obnoxious about it. I've unfollowed a couple of artists, but they were posting insulting political rants in every journal, poll, and artwork that they put up. That's a bit much.
KymeraBJD Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Yes, if they don't align with my own views then I won't like their artwork/writing and I'll unfollow/unwatch them.

It depends on the view though... I've run across some artists who actually support and partake in art theft... and it's truly disgusting views like that, which would cause me to unfollow.
GavinMichelli Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional Digital Artist
That's not really "view", though...I mean, unfollowing someone because they're a thief is totally different than, say, unfollowing because they're Christian or conservative or something. Under DA's own rules, art thieves should have their art removed, if they're not banned from the site altogether. That's justice, not intolerance, and you're completely right to unfollow someone like that.
KymeraBJD Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
True. I would still consider being an art thief to be part of a person's world-view, though. I run across more people than I would like in one of my hobbies, that don't see the harm in art theft (counterfeiting, specifically) and they expect to be treated as equals by the rest of the hobby. I've been sorely disappointed a couple of times.

For the most part, I'm kind of... live and let live, provided the other person doesn't believe in something truly moronic (people who believe in the young earth theory, sexists, body shamers, etc.).
Smooshkin Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Interesting results. However, I expected as much! <3 I personally think that if a person can bring beauty to the world, they're beautiful too in some way. Even if not obvious.
MasantaQ Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I don't care if they've got different beliefs, but if they're rude or abusive about it, then I'll remove myself from them.
BobbieLee Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
if their views are racist/sexist/ (and these days theres a lot like this)islamophobic, etc. i will straight up unwatch them. but if its things like they dont like a style of art, or something more trivial that isnt really hurting/attacking anyone its fine.
Xsign-of-fireX Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd say I care about their views insofar as discriminatory-type views against particular groups of people. As far as religious views or views on politics or economy or whatnot I really couldn't care less. I'd just rather not hear homophobic, racist, sexist, etc. stuff from artists I would otherwise (presumably) admire.
Stormofshadows Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I wouldn't watch someone only if I find their views very objectionable and/or if they insist on screeching them at every opportunity.  The latter mostly because it is annoying.
EnvitChan Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student Traditional Artist
Usually me too don't care on personal views, in fact I care about the art/writing itself. but when it comes to my country and my religion, I'm very sensitive about that. 
NearoC Featured By Owner 1 day ago   Digital Artist
If it's a agreeable view, I'll like them more beyond art. Otherwise I'll just put whatever views out of my mind.
the1dragon1girl Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Student General Artist
It kind of depends, if they're like a racist or a anti-homosexual or against groups of people's rights I wouldn't follow/watch them or like their stuff, more likely I'd send them some very angry notes, but if it was just opinions about small things I wouldn't really care. I'm a strict equality fan, tbh I think discrimination is a big problem in civilizations and needs to go away and people who support it are wrong.
armaina Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
Conflicting the views isn't a problem unless the person upholds a view that is damaging to other people. I don't support people that think it's okay to harass, stalk, or assault people or promote the idea that it's alright to harass, stalk or assault people
Swiftstart Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I strongly suspect tumblr is responsible for this poll xD

It depends, really. Mostly I don't care or am too lazy to even look into what the creator is doing. 

I have however unfollowed people who were supporting things I am against. But this was only on tumblr. And these people were decidedly belligerent in their views in the whole 'if you don't support this cause than you are the worst human being a live'
And they also posted these like multiple times a day.
And usually without sources but thats another story xD

But yea, you in particular? I don't care. Just keep drawing the cool things.
rittie145 Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I don't mind their views as long as they're open to debate. I hate it when people are only willing to hear their own side of an argument. In my opinion debate broadens the mind and helps everybody to work towards the best solution.
HaniaJedi Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
"Yes but even if our views clash, I'll enjoy their work anyway."
As long as the person doesn't bash me for: a) not supporting their views, or b) if they're against mine. As long as someone isn't a jerk. If they start hating on the LGBTQ community, for example, I won't like that.
FlowerOfEden Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Hobbyist General Artist
I voted "Yes but even if our views clash, I'll enjoy their work anyway," but I feel like I need to elaborate more.

I am pro-choice. If you don't believe in my views, that is fine. But if you start bashing me or calling me a "baby murderer," you are off my watch list and are getting blocked.

Same for religious people constantly trying to convert me to their religion. I will respect your beliefs if you respect that I am simply agnostic and do not wish to conform to a certain religion.

Though, there is one thing I will never accept. No matter who you are or how talented you may be, if you are against gay rights (and that includes bisexuals, pansexuals, asexuals, transgenders, crossdressers, gender fluids, etc.) I can not support you in anyway and you will not only be unwatched and blocked, but I will go through my favorites folder and remove all of your works from it.

I am extremely passionate about equal rights for all people. If someone is not able to accept that, then I can't accept supporting that person in anyway.
ApfelSeine Featured By Owner Edited 1 day ago
It doesn't really affect the art or writing if the artist/author is someone with opposing views. Sometimes people can be really knowledgeable about one thing but completely ignorant about something else. Or sometimes it's just that they have different opinion on something that has no right or wrong answer (like shipping or favorite characters or whatever). In that case, it has no bearing on who they are as a person anyways.

Of course, since it's possible to be knowledgeable about some things but ignorant about others, sometimes the artist or author can be a really horrible person while still being talented. That doesn't make you horrible by association, especially if you recognize their flaws and know that it's just their art or writing that you like, not them as a person. For instance, Orson Scott Card is horribly homophobic and racist and overall just a loathsome person. Does that mean I don't enjoy his writing? No, I still consider Ender's Game to be a very good book. He's a talented writer, and I recognize that despite the fact that I hate his guts. (Of course, I still felt a bit of smug satisfaction at the fact that the movie butchered the book horribly. Take that Orson Scott Card u_u )

Honestly, I think it's wrong to deny that a person is talented just because they are disagreeable. One should recognize good art or writing regardless of the creator, because otherwise you're just lying about what is good and what isn't. It's best to be honest, and accept that something is good while still not allowing the creator's talent to excuse their behavior or problematic views.
NoaQep Featured By Owner 1 day ago  Professional General Artist
Iiiit depends. I'm often interested in what people have to say on things, and I try not to let politics & religion affect a relationship I hold with a person as long as it does not affect my or my loved ones' lives. However, if they constantly use it as a focus in their artwork, and it is a stance I don't necessarily believe in, then I'll have to unwatch/unfollow. I try to watch/follow artwork that appeals most to my interests unless this person really means a lot to me.
Lopake Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
It really depends on how problematic or triggering it is. One thing that a lot of people don't realize is that you shouldn't condemn people so harshly even if they are problematic because once upon a time you were just like them. You don't simply know the ins and outs of political correctness and social justice out of the womb.
MissDilemma Featured By Owner 2 days ago
If their views are frequently exposed in their art and I don't agree I'll probably unfollow. I'm only talking dA here bc I can just chosse to turn of journals and the like so it doesn't really affect me much.

On tumblr it usually depends on how they handle discussions/criticism and yeah I really don't need racism and MOGAI-hate on my dash.
MaxandFang4evr Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that is basically what i was going to say so thank you for saving my time lol
Natsu714 Featured By Owner 2 days ago
There was one person who's art I absolutely adored - but they seemed to be more comfortable with, to be vague, inappropriate concepts, than I would be comfortable with. Their whole personality in general seemed almost slightly disturbing to me - but their art was just SO GOOD...

In the beginning I just didn't watch them - but I believe it was months later that I came across their art again, and I have to say, their skill won me over. I couldn't pass up their art twice, I HAD to watch them, no matter how their personality seemed. They didn't draw anything weird or anything, it was just their general interests and personality and views on things that irked me enough to draw me away from their page... But as I said, their artistic skill... I just really liked their work and I wanted to see more of it, so I ended up finally giving in and putting them on my watch list.
CCheshires Featured By Owner 2 days ago
Depends if their POV is very extreme or politically incorrect then I don't want to see it because well, not my business too :v  
TsukikoMumai Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Writer
it depends on the view
like if its views on sports or something of personal preference then i wouldnt care
if its political opinions then as long as they arent hateful then i dont really care (example, not pro-choice wont have me disgusted but if they bash people who have abortions or do harm in the name of their views then yes)
if its racist then yes
but yeah it all depends to me
IvoryFeline75 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like listening to people, their thoughts are so different!
Mishka2013 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I like listening to other people's opinion and think from their point of view, so I don't always mind if our views clash. Plus, I enjoy artwork, no matter who the person is.
Narmita08 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist General Artist
As far as the personal views and opinions give me more information about the artwork and how they influenced the artist to make that particular artwork I don't mind to get to know them.
Otherwise I don't care much about the artists personal views as long as they don't try to put their views onto others (including me) or try set people up against something or certain people.
fuegokid Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Filmographer
I do care but the thing is if I don't agree with them but still love their art I don't have to read what they say. And if I do read it I don't HAVE to answer them. I can just ignore them. I mean, most of them are nice people with good art but I don't agree with them on something there is no point in starting a fight about it for no reason other than throwing arguments.
However if they turn nasty towards other people, like setting a mob of fans onto someone else....I unfollow them. Happened before. Adored their drawings, but their behaviour was shit so I just stopped watching them.
TwinVampire Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
It kind of depends. I remember finding someone who made awesome and adorable fanart of Castlevania: Lords of Shadow, but found out pretty quick that they were a homophobe who didn't think they were homophobic and didn't want to watch them because of that. If it is about politics, I don't care a lot unless they are a toxic person.

So, as long as you aren't racist, queerphobic, homophobic,transphobic, sexist, antisemantic, a nazi or anything that basically shit on other people because of who they are and can't control that, you are ok in my book and I will probably watch you if you have cool art.
Dejaguar Featured By Owner 2 days ago   Digital Artist
I don't particularly care but always open to hear someone's opinion.
Torborn Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Student Digital Artist
I actively follow a few people with differing views from my own. If everyone shut out anyone who thought differently than they did, we'd get thrust back into the dark ages. 
If this person is opinionated to the point of being (extremely) obnoxious/toxic then I might try and talk about it with them before I unfollowed them. There's a chance that their excessive opinion-ing is just a cry for help. 
MistyQue Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
of course it's important, because sometimes i don't see what others do. a different and personal opinion is gold for my experience. i chose not to take offense, because i know there are far better artists out there and i wanna learn as much as possible from everyone. of course, there are those who tend to take it personal, but accepting a good critique (and the fact that you still have things to learn) is a sign of maturity. people would become much better persons if they accepted a good critique once in a while.
SoldierKenneth Featured By Owner 2 days ago
I think it's nice know, just because it helps with viewing the artist as an actual person. It makes me connect with them more even if our views don't match up. It's nice seeing where they are coming from.
But, I wouldn't unfollow someone or stop liking their art purely because of their morals and beliefs, that's a really lame, childish thing to do.
longestdistance Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Digital Artist
Opinions are like assholes, everyone has one. I tend to not really care, unless they're overly extreme about their political views and are obnoxious about it.
SugarBubbles2000 Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Student Traditional Artist
Yeah I guess so :) I do like hearing views, just as long as they have a good explanation and things :)
Tuskat Featured By Owner 2 days ago  Hobbyist Digital Artist
It depends.
If the artist is genuilely an awful fuck, I might pass on their stuffs.
Also if they never stfu it tends to bore me :XD: (e.g 4-6 post about being upset about something...mostly tumblr matter)
but most of the time I just appreciate the art and shit :V
Kirschchan Featured By Owner 2 days ago  New member Hobbyist General Artist
I like to know just for the sake of it. However, I can imagine that some artists might be a bit forceful with their views, and always implement it into their artworks. Politics and art don't work well together.
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