Can we separate the art from the artist? It’s a question that plagues not just heavy metal fans, but literally every musical genre that exists, has existed, and will exist. But according to a new study by TickPick, most music fans, 62% of whom are metalheads, can’t (including our own Emperor Rhombus, apparently).
The study surveyed music fans of different genres and age groups for their opinions on whether or not to separate the art from the artist. He asked to what extent musicians should be held accountable for their behavior and whether or not they can be forgiven for it. Needless to say, the results are quite interesting, and while the study itself is too detailed to fully detail in a single article, there are a few highlights when it comes to metalheads:
- 62% of heavy metal fans say it’s impossible to separate a musician from their art, down 12% from folk music fans
- Marilyn Manson is among the Top 10 Artists Fans Stopped Supporting
- 51% of respondents believe that stopping their support for an artist depends on the circumstances
So when a musician shits, is everything abysmal forever? As for the study, no. While music fans as a whole expect accounts from their favorite artists, most are also open to forgiveness as long as the artist is making legitimate efforts to redeem themselves.
However, the study also recognizes that some artists cannot be forgiven due to the gravity of their actions. R. Kelly is specifically ranked #1 “artists have stopped supporting due to recent controversy”, which in his case is sex crimes. David Effelson is ranked No. 20.
You can read the full study at Tick and sound off in the comments section.