I don't think anybody said that.nemo said:
I think one should examine their motives: does one want to see dark stuff (be it in movies, paintings or other) because it shows the reality, or does one just use it as an excuse ("it's real, it's what happens, it's in our psyches") to wallow in it?I admit to being conflicted about this topic. Since lot`s of dark stuff is part of our reality and psyches, it also needs to be expressed, no?
I believe it depends on the Intent of the artist. An artist CAN paint/show/depict "dark stuff" and reality as it is in a way that is NOT degrading, not wallowing in self-pity and in the morbid. A film maker like Ken Loach does show dark stuff, reality, things as they are. But his intent is positive and humanistic. He shows and don't judge, and tells his stories with compassion. That's all the difference with someone wallowing in the morbid and the "darkness" for the sheer joy of it, in a perfectly narcissistic and perverted fashion -- like Von Trier in his latest movie (Antichrist), for example.