It gives us a culture whose artistic value has been replaced by moral judgement and leaves us with monocriticism. This might indeed be a kind of social justice. But it also robs us of what is messy and tense and chaotic and extrajudicial about art.
A disagreement over one piece of culture points to where our culture has arrived when it comes to talking about all culture — at a roiling impasse. The conversations are exasperated, the verdicts swift, conclusive and seemingly absolute. The goal is to protect and condemn work, not for its quality, per se, but for its values.
Beyoncé is almost too iconic to discuss… There is an activism in her art and a real disdain, from its consumers, for critique of it.