I think one of the biggest problems today is people’s general inability to accept criticism of… Well, anything. As if any legitimate critique of a book, TV show, movie, and so on is a personal critique of the people who enjoy these things.
The thing is, art and science and society can’t grow unless problematic elements are brought to light. And yes, especially in terms of art, sometimes the more important issue is the reaction the masses have and not the artist’s original intention (I’m looking at you, Robin Thicke and your “this was just a fun song for my wife”).
At the same time, any complaint and criticism does not necessarily have to detract from the original message. As if one minor issue means we should boycott it, or that when a celebrity or politician says something meaningful, it’s a race to find one obscure quote that person made ten years ago that says the opposite and from then anything else they said should be dismissed.
Just for example, because I’ve seen it so much recently, yes, Meghan Trainor’s “All About That Bass” should ABSOLUTELY be called out for lines like “Boys like a little more beauty,” as if girls should only be happy with their bodies because guys will like it. But in a world of media that glorifies being skinny and pretty and consistently criticizes women for their looks, ONE OF THE FEW SONGS THAT CELEBRATES being otherwise should not be immediately discounted.
So, to summarize:
Critics, unless an issue or problem is indeed severe enough, NEGATIVE ISSUES DO NOT IMMEDIATELY TAKE AWAY FROM A POSITIVE MESSAGE. ACCEPT THIS AND MOVE ON.
Defenders, when a critique or problematic issue is brought to attention, IT ISN’T A PERSONAL AFFRONT AGAINST YOU. ACKNOWLEDGE THE ISSUE AND STILL ENJOY THE DAMN THING.
Artists of any kind, when people are telling you that you’ve offended them, YOU DON’T GET TO INVALIDATE THOSE FEELINGS. YOU HAVE TO ACKNOWLEDGE THE ISSUE AND BE BETTER