Artists have always been under pressure to create work that embodies proper morals. In the old days, if art didn’t honor the Church and glorify the state, the artist could be imprisoned, tortured and killed. Even today, pop cultural critique focuses largely on a work’s ability to impart appropriate social values: Is Black Widow feminist enough? What does the live action Lion King remake say about found family? In this episode of Rite Gud, Jack from Bad Books for Bad People joins us as we pay tribute to art that isn’t here to teach you right from wrong, art that’s amoral and shocking and offensive and harmful (whatever that means), what some people might call degenerate art.
About Rite Gud: Raquel S. Benedict is an author, appearing in Fantasy and Science Fiction and Gardner Dozois’ The Very Best of the Best: 35 Years of The Year’s Best Science Fiction. Matt Keeley, founder of Kittysneezes, is producing Rite Gud for KS Media, LLC. Rite Gud is a Kittysneezes production. If you have questions, comments and concerns, email ritegud – at – kittysneezes – dot – com. Rite Gud is also on Patreon, at patreon.com/ritegud. Patrons receive access to the official Kittysneezes Discord, exclusive episodes, critiques and more.
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