So this week, some, “code-of-conduct” breaking news came to light regarding one of the personalities from one of my favourite YouTube channels. Whilst having information like this coming to light is inherently a good thing for any victims of the events, it does unfortunately add a sour taste to their legacy of videos. And this is (again, luckily) becoming a common thing in a world where photos, videos, text messages etc. are recorded to hold people accountable for their actions.
The big game changer was the #MeToo movement where, all of a sudden, countless celebrities, directors, production companies etc. were brought into the public eye for their actions. But this didn’t just jeopardise their career, but their legacy too.
For example, films like Baby Driver which contain a massive cast and crew of hundreds of people are soured by the presence of Kevin Spacey. What was once a great film that I looked forward to watching over and over again became something that took me a long time to rewatch.
I know some people wrote it off entirely and, understandably, didn’t want to watch anything which starred him ever again. My issue with this is that this doesn’t give any credit to the rest of the people that worked on that project.
Even in the case of Michael Jackson after watching the documentary Leaving Neverland, whilst he might appear to be the sole creator of this content, remember that he couldn’t have produced, edited, written etc. all the elements of all the music. Listening to and enjoying the music shouldn’t and doesn’t endorse the actions of just one of the creators of the content.
I suppose what I’m trying to say, is that it’s a shame that the actions of individual, in an industry as collaborative as the movie, music, YouTube etc. industry can sour the same content that many other people were a part of creating. And whilst it might be difficult to interact with that medium at first, remember that (in most cases) the careers and livelihoods of many other good people also rely on you continuing to enjoy this content.