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The measure of an artist is the quality of his or her work, not whether they are good people.

That's why Picasso is still considered one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, despite the fact he was also a notorious wife-beater. It's why Richard Wagner is still appreciated, even though he was anti-Semitic and Hitler's favourite composer. Movie fans adore Woody Allen, setting aside the fact he had an affair with his partner's adopted daughter.

Of course, some people cannot forgive the personal transgressions of celebrities, and there is nothing wrong with that. If you can't watch Mr. Allen's films without feeling as if you are endorsing his behaviour, then don't go.

Which brings us to Chris Brown, the American singer who is to perform at the MTS Centre in August. Some people want the show cancelled because he beat his girlfriend four years ago, even though he was punished for his crime and has reconciled with his victim.

Fortunately, the MTS Centre has decided to let the public follow its own standards. Otherwise, there would be a lot fewer artistic events coming to Winnipeg.

Editorials are the consensus view of the Winnipeg Free Press’ editorial board, comprising Catherine Mitchell, David O’Brien and Paul Samyn.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition July 18, 2013 A12

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Updated on Friday, July 19, 2013 at 10:30 AM CDT: Chris Brown assaulted his girlfriend Rhianna, they were never married.

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