Yes, you're right, especially for the way and the reason you've mentioned.
My 'dismissal' for it being a mangy dog, was in general terms.Bias, ingrained in us due the life we grew up in and around, especially the sub-conscious bias, I have found pretty hard to get rid of, not saying impossible. When we do overcome the circumstances that shaped us, truly we have the right to call ourselves reasoned and rational human beings. Being human and rational, pretty darn difficult. Not impossible, but difficult nonetheless!
And my experience from my own life, with outright violence and it being the only answer to wrong and evil, misogyny, homphobia, communalism, ethnicism and has been pretty much from up-close. Getting into a life or death scuffle with the ruling mafia of the town in your locale is not a soothing experience. Nor is being a bully slayer or in the process becoming one oneself is either.
one proverb written on the front wall of my school in ingrained in my mind since the kindy age-
Education gives you the ability to listen to almost anything without losing your temper or your self confidence.
as my years in education both academically and of life after teenage progressed this became clearer and clearer. Never gave a toss that my way or highway approach is plain simple bullying. Tolerance, i found, though hard, is the key to one's character. Having strong opinions/views is one thing, shoving it down the other's throat is another, bullying. Even, the expresssion of those strong views in a strong manner has the danger of being misconstrued as a bully. I found it the hard way. Life's much more easier with tolerance.
As for reaching conclusions regarding the difficulty of sepearting art from the artist, each individual, due to their own personality, shaped by their upbringing(be it religious zealotry/bigotry or by looking everything through the lens of morality) has the right to their own conclusion. Judging that itself as right or wrong is itself not advisable as itinfringes on individual right to choice and freedoms.
And that brings us to the reason for the very existence of this thread- which:
is not to judge any opinion as right or wrong
is exploring the reasons with peers through their own rich experiences and their opinions as to why.
and i have recieved robust help in this regard from all the peers that have answered my request!! I cannot thank each of you enough!!