this is a problem i have been thinking about for months now, it truly has me stumped! i need to hear some different ideas to clear things up in my head... a while ago i saw the movie 'taking sides' about a german conductor being investigated for collaborating with hitler during the second world war (it is a true story, the conductor is Furtwangler). it was a great movie but has confused the crap out of me. my friend saw it and said 'how dare those stupid americains, he was a great man, a great artist'. and he was, a truly amazing conductor, but how do i enjoy his art when the man behind it (hitler was his patron) was so evil. a less controversial example (his link to hitler was never really proven) is the berlin philharmonic, they are the best orchestra in the world, but they are sexist pigs (they refuse membership to even the best women performers). as a female musician i am disgusted by their politics, but i can't pretend they aren't the best at what they do! so do you apreciate art when the artist disgusts you? it is different with artisitic forms like writing where the artist brings his political beliefs into the art, i am thinking more of music where the art form doesn't actually betray these beliefs. help! do i listen to the berlin philharmonic or not???