Explain to me how you feel about Louis CK these days. Or Cosby Show reruns.
These are quite literally my personal litmus tests.
Louis Sekely is a while middle-aged male with issues who did not have the mental tools/rigor to deal with the responsibility that fame gave him. He abused the power his fame/money gave him.
Louis CK created fantastic comedy shows, and did some incredible innovation by eliminating publishers, self-funding the production of his comedy specials, and sold them for $5 via his web site. I bought all of them, and enjoyed them immensely. I also respected his efforts to break the back of the publishing cartel that makes content so expensive. He also broke Tig Notaro into the big time - one of the most important female voices in comedy today - as well as other comedians and artists he liked.
Bill Cosby is the voice of my youth. He's the first comedian I ever loved, and phrases from his comedy are a part of my daily lexicon even today. I owned 5 of his LPs and played them endlessly. I even performed his bits on stage in talent shows, as a kid.
Along with other black artists like Sammy Davis Jr, and Harry Belafonte, he made it OK for white America to interact with and enjoy black performers. They and their peers played no small part in the lowering of the racist policies that defined the America they grew up in.
He was also a promoter of other black artists, and brought many talents to the international stage that we would probably never have heard of otherwise. Talents who have gone on to use their platform to help bring others up behind them, as well.
Turns out he was also a pervert and abuser, when not on stage.
Like I said about the Fearless Girl statue, there are layers of art appreciation. Cosby's physical representation of the different types of drunks (wine, gin, scotch, beer, etc.) is still one of the funniest things ever to happen on a comedy stage. I will watch that and laugh my ass off at it, every single time.
But if he releases a new version of it for money? I won't pay for it. I cannot support the artist who created the bit, because I know he's a shitweasel. But I'll pirate that shit and laugh my ass off it all day long.
Maybe even more so, knowing I pirated it, and he isn't getting a dime from my enjoyment of it.