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Question of the week: is it okay for things to be shit?

Posted on July 6, 2011 | Post a comment | Bookmark and Share

Transformers 3

This was actually inspired by @snarkandfury: 'I'm so tired of the "it's only a kids film/TV show/property based on an 80s toy it's supposed to be shit" defence. It's never OK to be shit' who I think was inspired by a recent discussion on this 'ere blog.

So simple question/set of questions:

Is it okay for something to not have any artistic merit whatsoever and to be shit, provided enough people like it? Does artistic merit actually stop something from being as entertaining as something more visceral? Or is merely being enjoyed by people at a visceral level actually an artistic merit? And does all that get cancelled out and become null and void if it turns out that not only is something completely shit, it's also racist, sexist and homophobic?

Answers below or on your own blog, please

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