I Got Donald Rumsfeld’s App
Those words above? The title? I never thought I’d write them.
I mean, sure I saw the Unknown Known. But that’s not the same thing. Movie about vs. app created by. Not the same thing at all.
But there was MY finger hovering over that “get” button on the app store. Free solitaire app. I mean, that’s not bad, right? Taking someone’s free solitaire app.
Oh… did you not know that Donald Rumsfeld made his own solitaire app?
So I downloaded it, feeling 20 kinds of wrong. Because it played into a conversation I had with my cousin a few weeks ago. We were talking about a certain author that I will not read because he is living. Therefore buying his books means giving him money, and giving him money means he lives to see another day and spout his homophobic views. Whereas I used to teach Knut Hamsun, mostly because it is impossible to teach modernism or flawed heroes and not talk about Hamsun. But I always kicked off the discussion pointing out that people were allowed to opt out. Not everyone feels comfortable reading his work.
Where was my line, she wanted to know. It wasn’t just living or dead, though that plays a role in how I feel about supporting someone’s work. Still, there are living people’s work that I support even though I don’t agree with a lot of their thoughts, and dead people’s work that I’ll never touch. It is messier than that. It’s a case-by-case basis.
Somehow a free app by Donald Rumsfeld passed muster. In-app purchases, never. (They’re turned off on the phone.) Playing it for a few hours before deleting. I guess? Why a question mark? Because I felt weird about playing the app.
Where do you stand on supporting or not supporting an artist (use that in the loosest sense of the word to apply to anyone who makes anything) that you disagree with? What about one that preaches hate or violence?