Is it ethical to buy music from musicians who are known to commit homosexual acts?


#1

I’ve been thinking about this lately - is it OK? I would think so, but I don’t want to think I’m essentially funding homosexual acts.


#2

Excuse my ignorance, but if they are homosexuals, I don’t think they would be using your money for homosexual acts, but I don’t know…


#3

Providing that the music you are purchasing doesn’t promote homosexuality in the lyrics, I think you are okay. Sinners have the right to earn a living too.


#4

What about CLASSICAL music? (No lyrics.) John Cage, also Chopin, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, Van Cliburn… all gay, gay, gay… :shrug:


#5

I agree with the person who wrote it’s ok as long as the music doesn’t promote that.

This is a slippery slope. If we can’t purchase music from people who live a gay lifestyle, then what about other kinds of sins? We couldn’t purchase things from people who fornicate, who miss Mass on Sunday, who cheat on their taxes…


#6

Also dead, dead, dead…So they’ll see no benefit of you listening to their music in the first place.PS- lots of those composers’ music has lyrics, particularly Schubert.


#7

[quote="CatholicZ09, post:2, topic:275047"]
Excuse my ignorance, but if they are homosexuals, I don't think they would be using your money for homosexual acts, but I don't know...

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Much of the money spent on recorded music goes to the composer, the producer, the record company, the back up musicians. The actual performers get much of their money by playing concerts.


#8

[quote="Pieman333272, post:1, topic:275047"]
I've been thinking about this lately - is it OK? I would think so, but I don't want to think I'm essentially funding homosexual acts.

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I'm sorry, where is the connection between his/her music causing what goes on in his/her bedroom?


#9

Are you just as worried about funding musicians’ illegal drug habits and straight musicians’ illicit sexual relationships with groupies and the like? :shrug:

Luna


#10

[quote="Pieman333272, post:1, topic:275047"]
I've been thinking about this lately - is it OK? I would think so, but I don't want to think I'm essentially funding homosexual acts.

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If you only buy the music of persons who never sin, I think your music collection will be very small.

I agree with the view that as long as the lyrics do not glorify homosexual acts, then there is no reason to avoid it. After all, the musician isn't going to engage in more homosexual acts because you buy the music, nor will he engage in less homosexual acts if you do not buy the music.


#11

[quote="Pieman333272, post:1, topic:275047"]
I've been thinking about this lately - is it OK? I would think so, but I don't want to think I'm essentially funding homosexual acts.

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Do you like Mozart? You know he was quite loose? Do you buy his music?

There are many artists today who have been leading immoral lives and many who still do. Look at Whitney Houston, she sang well once, but ended up as a lonely drugaddict.
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Homosexuals are not worse sinners than fornicators and porn-viewers... Should all these unchaste people be trown out on the street? Or what about those who contracept or who masturbate... Its all perversion to some degree. Should the rest of us stop buying in their shops and things? But then... who really knows who does what and why..? Right?


#12

I think that what needs to be focused on is the lyrics of a particular song rather than the person who composed it and/or performs it. If lyrics glorify sinful behavior, seeking to inspire the listener to approve of it and maybe even participate in it (regardless of what the exact sin is being described) then I think such music should be avoided.

But a lot of music does not speak about sin, and some music speaks about sin in a manner that does not glorify it (i.e., the sin is described in a cautionary way so the song serves as a kind of warning not to make the same mistake). Naturally, I do not see a moral issue in listening to such music, despite the sins committed by the composer and/or performer in their personal lives.

If we are worried that profits from music sales will go to fund sinful lifestyles then that opens a whole "can of worms", as has already been addressed in this thread. After all, where do we draw the line? We are permitted to make legitimate purchases and, generally speaking, we are not morally responsible for what the vendor does with the money. For example, some companies use their profits to support causes that are contrary to Catholic teaching. But whereas it would be a noble undertaking to boycott their products, one does not actually incur sin by buying their products for legitimate reasons (meaning that the intention of the purchase was not to promote the company's immoral activities). I am sure this could be picked apart to find notable exceptions, which is why I said, "generally speaking."


#13

[quote="Pieman333272, post:1, topic:275047"]
I've been thinking about this lately - is it OK? I would think so, but I don't want to think I'm essentially funding homosexual acts.

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Do you mean people like Marilyn Manson?


#14

Oh, brother.


#15

[quote="Pieman333272, post:1, topic:275047"]
I've been thinking about this lately - is it OK? I would think so, but I don't want to think I'm essentially funding homosexual acts.

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If you follow this principle, you can't listen to Tchaikovsky, Barber, Menotti, Peter Pearse, Britten, and a host of other composers, though I don't know how much into classical music you are. Just saying that the Nutcracker is out of the question if you do. :P

Some other people mentioned that there are lots of sinful habits that we're potentially supporting when we buy the music of artists who aren't gay. What of them? Is there a distinction to be made? If this is done in principle, then there should be none since the presumption is that it's the sin that makes buying their music problematic.

As for those who talk about Mozart, there's actually little real evidence to suggest that he was ever unfaithful to Kostanze.

God bless,

Rob


#16

[quote="Allegra, post:3, topic:275047"]
Providing that the music you are purchasing doesn't promote homosexuality in the lyrics, I think you are okay. Sinners have the right to earn a living too.

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Is it ethical to listen to National Public Radio or CNN since so many of the personalities are liberals?:shrug:


#17

:doh2:


#18

Its not for us to judge other sinners , God gave the person talent , I don't see how it would be a sin.Its a God given talent if the music is ethical then why not.We are all sinners in need of forgiveness.


#19

[quote="LemonAndLime, post:17, topic:275047"]
:doh2:

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Welcome home, Lemon & Lime!:D


#20

Everyone, yes even gay people have a right to be gainfully employed. Unless their lyrics are bad, then I see no problem. Everyone is sinful. EVERYONE. That doesn’t stop you from buying from them. Many people you buy from are not Christians living the Christian lifestyle. That shouldn’t stop you from buying from them. For example I buy a lot of fair trade items that were made by Hindus and Buddhists (mostly because these are the prominent religions in the areas I buy from). It is clearly not wrong to buy from them even though they are not living to our standards of morality, so why would it be any different buying from a homosexual?


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