The question came to mind as a result of comments about H.P. Lovecraft's racial views in another thread (and I believe the person making the comments was accurate about the writer's viewpoints). I like Lovecraft's work for the most part. I am aware of his views, but I don't take them into consideration when it comes to his work. Likewise, I can enjoy a painting without knowing or caring about the personal views of the painter, or listen to a song without knowing or caring about the views of the singer, or watch a movie without knowing or caring about the views of the actor. If I DO know the viewpoints, I generally don't let it bother me. I try to appreciate (or fail to appreciate) the work in its own right. A good example when it comes to movies would probably be Mel Gibson. I think the guy is a loon and he has some personal views that I find offensive, but that's not going to stop me re-watching Braveheart from time to time, or watching his next film (if it is any good). Likewise, I don't care whether a book's author is gay, straight, liberal, conservative, vegan, Christian, Buddhist, or a one-armed mystic living in a tree in South America. I only care whether the book is any good. What about the rest of you?