When Beliefs get in the way

While scrolling though the morning social media, I ran across an article from the Daily Mail in regards to artists that have work hanging in the Ivanka Trump's home stating that they want it taken down. Some of the comments were things like "Dear @Ivankatrump please get my work off of your walls. I am embarrassed to be seen with you," Philadelphia artist Alex Da Corte wrote on Instagram. You can read the entire article here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4057004/Artists-tell-Ivanka-Trump-work-walls.html

This brings up yet another interesting situation in 2016, as if we haven't had enough of those. It brings up the issue of artist versus client. There has been backlash over the last few years from people towards businesses that refuse to do business with a group of people. Now before you fly off the handle, I personally have never and wouldn't discriminate against any group when it comes to my work. The issue is the hypocrisy that is involved with this though. 

The groups that are very anti Trump and do not support the idea of him in the White House, have long stated that if you are a supporter, then you must be this, that, or some other label, along with completely unaccepting of any tolerance. When the role is reversed though, that same group is the first to be completely intolerant towards any other point of view but their own. So what are we are content creators and those clients to do? 

Fact is that every content creator has a obligation to themselves to figure out what they want to put out and who they are marketing their product to. I am sure that these artists that have work hanging in her home had absolutely no issue with their work being there before Donald Trump ran for President, but as soon as he made his intentions clear, the artists have an issue. I am also quite sure that they didn't have an issue cashing those rather large, most likely six figure checks, for their work. So unless you are willing to pay to get the work back, the same work you had no issue selling previously, then stop using the moral high ground excuse. 

As a photographer, if I am asked to photograph something that goes against my personal liking, I have the choice to do that or not do it. Take for example if your candidate loses an election, but you are asked because of your work to photograph the candidate who one. Are you going to turn down the opportunity to do that photography because you don't believe in some of their views? Take time to look at the bigger picture here. What if that shoot lead to you photography someone you did support. You get the idea.

When a client purchases work, they have the right to do what they want with it within legally allowable terms. If she wants to take that painting or whatever the hell it is and go burn it, that is her right. She owns that piece of "art". The idea that free thinkers get on a bandwagon to insult someone because they don't agree with all of their ideas, is the same behavior that they have been rallying against to begin with. So instead of hiding behind your keyboard, why don't you try to open up dialogue with the person? The answer is because you don't have the courage and it's easier to sit in your safe space and complain. 

Final thought is this. Ivanka, if you are interested in some beautiful art, give me a call and we will get you some amazing prints for your home. I'm not going to discriminate against you or anyone else for that matter. And to those that would discriminate, you are just as bad as the ideas you rally against.