Pastor Kanye Abandons His Flock
Excerpt: The anguish of some fans over Kanye West’s political heresies points to the dangers of hero-worship and the cult of celebrity. When you grow up conservative, you quickly learn that if you’re going to enjoy good music, movies, and television, then you’re going to have to hold them at arm’s length. You have to separate the art from the artist, knowing full well that the man or woman who made you laugh or who moved you to tears may — in their very next interview — rip your faith or your politics to shreds. At its best, this reality generates a healthy detachment, an ability to appreciate a person’s gifts and talents apart from their preferred candidates. Moreover, it prevents dangerous hero-worship and helps you understand that talent isn’t the same thing as wisdom, and it’s certainly not synonymous with virtue.