Pete Davidson kicked off his Weekend Update segment on the latest Saturday Night Live with a comment that got a shocked response from the show’s live audience: “If you support the Catholic Church, isn’t that the same thing as being an R. Kelly fan?”
The rest of the segment actually moved away from Kelly’s specific case to focus more on the growing phenomenon of “problematic faves.” You know, celebs whose behavior — in whatever horrible form it might take — makes it hard to carry on as a fan.
Davidson is making a “separate the art from the artist” case here, but with a twist. He thinks, probably not incorrectly, that as time goes on, more of our faves are going to have their skeletons unearthed. So instead of writing off their various contributions to pop culture, Davidson suggests owning it instead — but making a small charitable contribution whenever we engage with their work. Read more…
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