I made a casual reference to Troy Duffy and Overnight in a comment under Tarantino v. Smith.
I've never seen The Boondocks Saints and I don't think I ever will. Why? What's the point? I could never enjoy it knowing what an unforgivable tool Duffy is... And, no, I can't see how anything could have been left out in editing that would make his tooldom forgivable, at least short of healing the sick with his touch.
That guy is fucking piece of garbage!
But is he worse than any of a number of other people whose work I admire?
I'm sure one would be tempted to start such a list with Roman Polanski and Woody Allen. Obviously I was.
There are two factors in this, I think, and I'm not sure which is more important.
I've meant to write about this before, but never had and it may come down to my inability to settle this in my mind.
First, I was a fan of their work before I knew anything about their scandals, in the case of Woody Allen, before it happened. That's something. I fell under the spell of their talent without having it colored by any knowledge of their actions that I might have otherwise been tempted to judge them by or could color my feelings about their talents.
Second, I think I'd get along with both of them. That sounds weird, maybe. I'm not sure that I'd want to be either of their buddies, considering their past actions, even if that were a likely issue in my life. But assuming I was unaware of them, and they were just guys in my social group (and class), I think I'd get along with them.
Maybe I'm kidding myself there, but it certainly is my perception whenever I see them.
On the other hand, Troy Duffy is exactly the kind of guy who has joined social groups I've been in and caused me to drift away from those groups.