I've read several blog posts from fellow authors recently stating that an author should be cautious about expressing their political views, especially if they are «divisive and offensive», and that those views should be kept far away from your blog.
All this to not discourage potential readers…
This prompts several responses from me, the first and foremost being: what bullshit!
We shouldn't hide ourselves, of course, shouldn't hide our strong, passionate and unpopular opinions at all, but embrace them and speak them loud and brazen. The writers/artists keeping themselves in check when it comes to speaking their opinions in public will do that in their art as well. Bad, very bad!
They say it might reduce sales, the changes of big sales. That may or may not be true, but so what, what if it does? Do we sell ourselves so easily? I’m afraid we do, most of us.
I never will!
Is there any integrity at all left in most of today’s artists? I’m afraid there isn't.
If you feel art is a business, if you’re in it for the money, you can just as well become a clerk, or an accountant.
The word «prostitute» had initially nothing to do with people selling their bodies for cash. It became associated with that later. Prostitution is far more widespread than such a limited interpretation of it.
Think about that the next time you don’t express your views, your innermost, most passionate feeling on your blog or in public, in fear of being ostracized or of losing potential sales.
You see it everywhere, in virtually everything published by established companies today, how… flat it is, how it is lacking even rudimentary self-expression. We see illustrated everywhere, in music, movies, in the written word and elsewhere what the word «commercial» means, what it ultimately leads to. We see what fear does to us, what an abyss of neurosis that easily becomes. Giving in to fear for an artist, for any creative person, for any human being is death.
A recent survey shows that children become less creative the older they get. No wonder that.
This is what your reluctance to share yourself in public does with us all. This is the society we live in, and where we will remain, as long as not enough of us speak up.