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The problem of loving art in the age of Weinstein

In the wake of the Weinstein scandal, once-admired male writers, actors and filmmakers have been disgraced. Can we still love the work of artists whose behaviour we loathe?

By Shahidha Bari   February 2018

Benvenuto Cellini’s bronze sculpture of Perseus, made in 1548, shows the hero trampling nonchalantly over the sprawling corpse of a decapitated Medusa, brandishing a blade in one hand and dangling her head from the other. Women are used to getting a bad deal in Greek mythology, of course—just as they are in life, some might say. The stories recently collated on Twitter under the “MeToo” hashtag attest to a long and collective experience of violence and harassment. For some, the high-profile defenestration of serial abusers and harassers—initiated by the Harvey Weinstein…

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