“You should never meet your heroes.”

The lesson of the Scott Adams thing is not that Scott Adams is a misogynist.

It’s that your heroes are probably assholes. Scott Adams. Tycho. Charles Barkley. Whatever. All probably assholes.

And luckily for us, here in the 21st century we have Twitter which allows us to meet our heroes every day 24/7 and as they get comfortable letting their thoughts and feelings tumble out we find out one at a time that each and every one of them is an asshole.

Or that they are a misogynist or a racist or a Republican or a Democrat or a Marxist or a holocaust denier or a flat-Earther or a furry or that they bankrolled Rebecca Black.

Your hero is probably an asshole. It’s okay to still like his or her work. Honest.

Thank God I’m nobody’s hero.

4 thoughts on ““You should never meet your heroes.”

  1. See, that’s where I disagree. The level of the craft is largely irrelevant to the crafter. If you are ignorant of the traits of the crafter, you can spend your life liking the work. When you find out the crafter has some abominable trait, does that automatically make his story worse? What happens to your love of Deadly Premonition if you find out Swery is anti-Gay or anti-Democratic or pro-life or pro-choice or whatever cause you get behind? Is Ender’s Game less poignant when you find out Card is anti-Gay? Is the Declaration of Independence less heroic and admirable when you find out Jefferson had slaves?

  2. Knowing your hero is an asshole may lead you to reinterpret that person’s work, making you see things in their work (real or imaginary) that you didn’t see before. Insofar as liking or disliking somebody’s work is a matter of taste, however, liking or disliking that person’s work remains subjective and therefore not subject to “right vs wrong” type judgments.

    PS – I’ve never liked Dilbert myself and can’t fail to see the irony in cubicle dwellers pasting copies of the strip onto their cubicles.

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